Lumpectomy: A Guide on all you need to know about breast cancer treatment - Farah Atelier


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Lumpectomy: A Guide on all you need to know about breast cancer treatment

People have had very sad experiences associated with the term 'cancer.' Have you ever lost a loved one to cancer or did your close friend get diagnosed with one? Does anyone you know has just discovered that they are in the last stage of cancer or does your close relative has drained out all the savings for the treatment? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you sure had a feeling of it feels to be affected by a terminal disease. Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, especially among women, and also one of the leading causes of death.

Lumpectomy is a form of surgical treatment wherein the breast tumor or malignant cells and surrounding tissues are removed, keeping the natural appearance as well as the cosmetic quality of breasts, intact. Such treatment is also called the ‘breast preservation' treatment because in this case, unlike mastectomy (which involves complete removal of the breast); only the affected portions are removed. A Los Angeles lumpectomy specialist can offer world-class treatment for breast cancer. Note down some important points to know about lumpectomy:  

·         Before you go for lumpectomy, know well about the associated risks. Depending on the lump size that has been removed, there might be numbness and some loss of sensation after the surgery. The breasts may not match in size post-surgery, due to the removal of breast tissues. Other risks include pain, infection, bleeding, swelling, scars and the formation of scar tissues around the affected area.

·         Before you choose the doctor for the surgery, know him or her well. Get a thorough knowledge about how many times the doctor has performed lumpectomy, the risks associated with surgery, the procedure details and the extent of tissue removal, appearance of breast post-treatment, blood loss or vulnerability to infections, recovery time span, precautions or any change in routine after the surgery, and any further follow-ups.

·         Although your doctor will give clear instructions about how to prepare for the surgery, keep a few important pointers in mind such as stop taking blood-thinning medicines a week before the surgery so as to reduce the risk of blood loss, don't have anything to eat or drink for the prescribed time period before the surgery, do get along close relatives or friends, and keep your insurance company notified of the event.

·         Post-surgery, it is important to take prescribed painkillers and other medications. Do take care of the bandages as the area affected will have numbness, swelling or irritation. Do not overlook the signs of infection and follow the written instructions. The doctor might prescribe certain arm exercise and restriction of other activities. Also, know when to come back for follow-ups and how frequently.

·         There are other options for treating breast cancer. Consult your doctor and if required, go for a second opinion. Establish a comfort zone with your doctor and talk freely about all your fears and apprehensions. Weigh the advantages and risks well before you proceed with the decision of surgery.     

Early detection and preventive measures can ensure the complete elimination of this cancer. So stay aware and stay fit!

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