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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
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7/26/2015Hello, my question is the following. I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma, a biopsy confirmed it i also had a biopsy on an enlarged lymph node. The results for the lymph nodes were negative, i just wanted to know that if breast cancer is local will a mastectomy cure me from cancer? Thank you.
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7/27/2015lumpectomy and mastectomy are equal from a survival perspective. so doing a bigger surgery doesn't result in a higher survival rate. though the node is negative, a sentinel node biopsy is still needed at the time of the breast cancer surgery. you won't hear a doctor say you are cured because this term simply isn't used anymore, except with perhaps stage 0 breast cancer (DCIS). the stage of the cancer, its prognostic factors and the treatment you agree to have will determine your risk of recurrence in the form of local recurrence in the breast tissue as well as distant recurrence in the form of metastatic breast cancer. come to us if you can. 443-997-8282

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