Family Matters: Double Mastectomy Puts Patient at Ease

After her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, healthcare professional Velvet Giddens  sought genetic testing for the breast cancer gene mutation known as BRCA. When the test came back positive, indicating a high risk of developing cancer herself, she underwent a preventive mastectomy, or surgical removal of both breasts. “It’s a double-edged sword when you become the […]

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Is Genetic Testing Right for Me?

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates decreased steadily from 1989 to 2015 because of improved treatments and early detection by mammography. In 2015, relative survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer were 91 percent at five years after diagnosis, 86 percent after 10 years, and 80 percent after 15 years. […]

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3 Questions To Ask Before A Mastectomy

The first step and most common form of treatment for breast cancer is surgery. Surgery involves removing the tumor and nearby margins of surrounding tissue that may be cancerous. The goal of surgery is to remove not only the tumor, but also enough of the margins to be able to test for the spread of […]

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5 Common Questions Before Mastectomy Surgery

A diagnosis of breast cancer is a daunting experience to say the least. The news of breast cancer surgery can be even more terrifying.  Mastectomy is a surgical option for breast cancer involving the removal of the entire breast. Listed below are 5 common questions from patients planning for a mastectomy What is the difference […]

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What does a breast cancer surgery look like?

More often than not, when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she can expect to undergo some type of surgery. The most common surgical procedures for breast cancer patients include: Partial Mastectomy – Also known as breast-conserving surgery or lumpectomy, the goal of this procedure is to remove only the part of the breast […]

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Surgical options for breast cancer

In the future, breast cancer treatment will involve a more thorough understanding of each type of tumor and the type or treatment to which it will respond.

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