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Breast Surgery

Breastlink blog posts about breast cancer surgery news and topics.

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy (Areola-Sparing Mastectomy)

A woman born today in the United States has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer. For women diagnosed with breast cancer, the two main treatment options are:

  • Lumpectomy with radiation (removal of the cancer with a small amount of breast tissue) or
  • Mastectomy (removal of all breast tissue).

Mastectomy surgery has improved significantly in the last two decades. Once considered a disfiguring procedure, current techniques for mastectomy and reconstruction can give women results that allow them to feel whole.

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (Areola-Sparing Mastectomy)

Nipple-sparing mastectomy (also referred to as areola-sparing mastectomy) has been a significant advancement for women requiring mastectomy for breast cancer treatment. This procedure is also an […]

By | January 28, 2014|Categories: Breast Surgery|Tags: |0 Comments

2013 SABCS Wed. Screening & Surgical Insights

The first day of the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) featured the findings of a few breast cancer screening studies in the morning. The afternoon sessions discussed interesting results from surgical trials and updates on managing the axilla. Here are a few observations from the deliberations of Wednesday, December 11.

2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Wednesday Morning Observations

Although the benefit of mammography on decreasing late stage cancer presentation are under question the overall decrease in breast cancer mortality is undeniable and commendable.

One study evaluated the benefit of screening MRI on average risk patients showing an increase in cancer detection in 11 women per 1000 screened. All cancers were […]

By | December 12, 2013|Categories: Breast Surgery, Cancer Research|Tags: |0 Comments

Breast Reconstruction and Cosmetic Surgery

A New Study on Breast Cancer Patients Pursuing Cosmetic Surgery after Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is an important part of breast cancer treatment with the purpose of restoring a woman’s form and self-esteem. A new study presented at the annual meeting for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in San Diego found that many women who have had breast reconstruction go on to have other cosmetic surgical procedures such as body contouring or facial rejuvenation to further improve their self-image.

In this study, out of University of Pennsylvania and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, researchers looked at 1,214 women who had breast reconstruction between 2005 and 2012. Of these […]

By | October 31, 2013|Categories: Breast Surgery|Tags: , |0 Comments

Prophylactic Mastectomy

Prophylactic mastectomies, or “double mastectomy” is a surgical procedure chosen by women to substantially reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. The procedure, also known as a preventive mastectomy or risk-reducing mastectomy, removes nearly all breast tissue, reducing the risk of future breast cancer to less than 1%, even in the highest risk patients.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Every woman has a unique set of risk factors to develop breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society about 1 in 8 women in America will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. However, depending on a range of factors, some women face substantially higher odds.

If you or a loved one has been […]

By | June 27, 2013|Categories: Breast Surgery|Tags: |0 Comments

Preventive Mastectomy

A preventive mastectomy is an option for women to dramatically reduce their chance of getting breast cancer. The surgical procedure removes all breast tissue found in one or both breasts before any breast cancer has been detected.

Although thousands of women face this decision every year, Angelina Jolie’s recent preventive mastectomy personal story captured the hearts imagination of the media, public and numerous breast cancer advocacy organizations. Her story will hopefully lead women to inquire about their personal risk of developing breast cancer.

Information can be immensely empowering. If a woman is identified as being at high risk of developing breast cancer (Breastlink’s Risk Assessment Program) we strongly recommend she consult […]

By | June 2, 2013|Categories: Breast Surgery|Tags: |0 Comments

Dr. Lisa Curcio on Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Surgery

Lymphedema after breast cancer surgery is a concern shared by many patients. Dr. Lisa Curcio, a breast care specialist and surgeon at the Advanced Breast Care at Breastlink – Saddleback, discussed lymphedema conditions, symptoms and treatments with in a 3:36 video.

Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery

Lymphedema after breast cancer surgery is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the arm following the removal of the under arm (axillary) lymph nodes. Symptoms may become evident days, months or sometimes even years after a breast cancer surgery.

As Dr. Curcio explains in the video “the symptoms can be very subtle. Often, it is asymptomatic, swelling of the arm. It is often not noticed […]

By | May 8, 2013|Categories: Breast Conditions, Breast Surgery, Dr. Lisa Curcio|Tags: |0 Comments

Breast Density Article in Annals of Surgical Oncology

Breast density, and how it affects the detection and treatment of breast cancer, is increasingly becoming a topic of discussion amongst patients, doctors and even politicians. Recent legislation passed in many states, including California, now require mammography centers to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue.

Dense breast tissue is made-up of more connective tissue than less dense, or fatty, breast tissue.  As a result, dense breast tissue appears more white on a mammogram, making it harder to identify some cancers. Equally important is the four-fold increased rate of breast cancer associated with increased breast density. That is to say that not only is it harder to detect breast […]

By | March 8, 2013|Categories: Breast Conditions, Breast Surgery|Tags: , |21 Comments

New Breast Cancer Treatment: Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT)

Part of my commitment to deliver the highest quality and most advanced care to patients is to explore cutting-edge breast cancer techniques and treatments. I’m excited to share with the Breastlink community that we completed our first intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) procedure, using the XOFT Axxent® eBx System.

IORT is a relatively new approach to deliver radiotherapy in conjunction with a lumpectomy. During the surgical procedure, and after the identified breast cancer has been removed, an individualized dose of radiation therapy is specifically targeted to the immediate area around where the cancer was located.

Breast IORT | Dr. Amy Bremner | Breastlink Image courtesy of Xoft.

This […]

By | October 25, 2012|Categories: Breast Surgery|Tags: |1 Comment

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

One of the more notable surgical advances in breast cancer treatment and prevention is nipple sparing mastectomy. This is a surgical technique similar to the traditional mastectomy that removes the whole breast, but unique in that it spares the skin, nipple and areola. This is then followed by immediate reconstruction.

While our goal in breast cancer treatment is limited surgery and breast preservation, at least 25% of patients will still require, or desire, mastectomy. By preserving the nipple, the psychological burden of mastectomy is greatly reduced. The nipple is central to the concept of breast preservation, and in properly selected patients, nipple-sparing mastectomy can provide the best treatment and cosmesis.

Who is […]

By | October 4, 2012|Categories: Breast Surgery|Tags: |0 Comments

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and Breast Glandular Tissue

For some women facing a breast cancer diagnosis or a genetic mutation that predisposes them to breast cancer, the word “mastectomy” is terrifying. Thoughts of a mastectomy often produce fear and anxiety because women believe that the operation must mean the loss of the breast shape, skin, sensation, nipple and areola.

Fortunately, we have made great progress since the days of the obligatory radical mastectomy for all breast cancers, and now we can often offer a nipple sparing mastectomy which significantly improves cosmetic satisfaction after mastectomy.

A nipple sparing mastectomy is the process of removing the glandular tissue of the breast while preserving the skin, nipple and areola. Once the breast glandular […]

By | March 5, 2012|Categories: Breast Surgery|Tags: |0 Comments
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