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Lumpectomy with Sentinel Node Biopsy
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3/15/2018Chronic pain and permanent limited range of motion after a core biopsy, radioisotope injection, lumpectomy w/SNB and radiation should be clearly spelled out by the MD prior to all these invasive procedures. The statistics of poor side effects were grossly under reported in my medical records although I did report them to medical staff.
Surgeons and attending medical practioners should have training for avoiding these side effects. There is no reason for not expecting better outcomes. Perhaps the surgery should be done by a vascular surgeon instead of a general surgeon. What do you think?
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3/19/2018We recommend that breast cancer surgery be performed by a surgical oncologist only. Very sorry you have experienced these complications. Patient education about outcomes, benefits and risks are very important. A vascular surgeon only deals with blood vessels, not nerves and cancer so this would not be the appropriate physician for breast cancer surgery. At Johns Hopkins, every effort is made to rid the patient of her cancer while still preserving a high quality of life. That said, there are risks and complications to any surgery, regardless of even expert training and physician experience.

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