Breast Cancer Surgery: Lumpectomy, Mastectomy

When it comes to breast cancer this video provides some great insights.

www.nucleusinc.com This 3D patient education medical animation depicts various surgical procedures to remove breast cancer lumps and tumors. The surgeries include lumpectomy, simple mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, and radical mastectomy surgery.

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www.nucleusinc.com This 3D patient education medical animation depicts various surgical procedures to remove breast cancer lumps and tumors. The surgeries include lumpectomy, simple mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, and radical mastectomy surgery.

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A 27-year-old lady came to our centre on 4 April 2007, desperately seeking help for her mother, Chan. Chan, 56-year-old, is a non-smoker and does not drink any alcohol. She is a hawker doing business with her husband. Her father had liver cancer while her mother had uterine cancer. Chan had her menopause when she was 52 years old. Three years later she had a 3 cm x 3 cm swelling in her right breast. She did not seek medical attention until six months later.
Smears from fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) of the right breast lump showed clusters of malignant epithelial cells indicating ductal carcinoma. On 14 April 2005, Chan proceeded to have a mastectomy together with the removal of 25 lymph nodes. Vascular and lymphatic invasions were noted. The immunochemistry study indicated receptors for estrogen and progesterone were positive, C-erbB2 was positive and p53 negative. The cancer was staged as T4N2Mx.

Chan recovered well from her surgery. On 26 May 2005, she was started on her chemotherapy with FEC (5-FU, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide). She had a total of six cycles of chemotherapy. In addition, Chan received 25 radiation treatments. In January 2006, Chan was started on Arimidex (anastrozole,1 mg daily) and was asked to come back to the hospital for check up every three months.

A mammogram of her left breast on 23 April 2006 showed no evidence of malignancy. An ultrasound of her abdomen done on the same day showed no evidence of liver metastasis. A bone scan was also done and indicated no sign of bony metastasis. Chan was asked to continue with Arimidex. The medical record on 7 November 2006 indicated: “no lump felt in her breast and patient had no complaints.”

According to her daughter, in December 2006, Chan started to have pains in her body. When she woke up she had difficulty walking. If she walked for a short distance her heart-beat increased. Sometimes she wheezed. Chan continued to take the Arimidex as directed (and she is still taking it as of this writing).

On 23 April 2007, Chan went to consult a specialist of a private hospital. She presented with shortness of breath and palpitation. She was found to be anemic. Her blood works showed: haemogloboin = 6.5 (normal 11.7 to 15.7), platelet = 28,000 (normal 150,000 to 400,000), ESR = 116. Chan was given platelets. CT scan of her abdomen and pelvis on 26 April 2007 showed her liver was enlarged. There were numerous hypodense nodules in both lobes of her liver. The radiologist concluded that these liver nodules represented liver metastases most likely derived from the breast cancer.

By: Chris Teo, Ph.D.

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cindylucy57 asked:


I am going through treatment for inflammatory breast cancer since 2004. I’m doing well, have had a few set backs, but all in all, it’s good. I have gone through 2 separate times of radiation, 3 separate times of chemo and a bilateral mastectomy. Let me know how you are doing and what you have been going through.

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bunnygurl asked:


I just learnt my 90 yr old grandmother battled breast cancer..i think in the 1980′s. then 12 yrs ago she had a partial mastectomy as it came back. She is alive and well. I am in my early 30′s. what are my risk of developing it as well? any links with statistical info would be great. Thanks.

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JNJhealth asked:


Breast cancer survivor, Ty Hunter, after having a mastectomy, moves on to start a new career.

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slimjim asked:


WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING BREAST CANCER FOR 3 YEARS. AFTER A MASTECTOMY ,CHEMOTHERAPY,RADIATION THERAPY,A CRANIOTOMY AND MORE RADIATION THERAPY SHE IS IN REMISSION. NOW SHE CAN’T GET BACK ON HER FEET DUE TO THE PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS. DOCTORS AT 2 DIFFERENT HOSPITALS WOULD NOT TAKE HER INTO THEIR PSYCH WARD EVEN THOUGH SHE HAS LOST OVER 40 LBS. IN 2 MONTHS. SHE REFUSES TO EAT BECAUSE SHE HAS NO APPETITE. MY INSURANCE DOESN’T COVER REHABS. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

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Rachel B asked:


A dear friend was recently diagnosed with stage 3b breast cancer and had an immediate double mastectomy. They also removed some of her lymph nodes. She had her first chemo session yesterday and she doesn’t like to talk about what’s going on very much. In what ways can I help, support, and love her?

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sportfanatic asked:


The cancer did not spread to the lymph nodes or any part of her body. She will go through chemotherapy and radiation. We’re all optimistic she will live a very long life, but the only statistics I’ve seen is that 5 yr survival rate. Is there any data beyond that? Breast cancer survivor responses only please!

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gramadebi asked:


My friend had a mastectomy but is undergoing chemotherapy that is making her sick. Now she fears that the cancer has gone to her bones as she is having severe pain in her knee and needs to use a walker to get around. Does anyone know if breast cancer can progress to bone cancer? Also what are some things I might be able to do to encourage her? She puts up a very brave and stoic front but I know she is frightened. Thank you.

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