Breast Cancer in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Dr. Anjeanette Brown of The Premier Surgical Network is a board-certified general surgeon with a focus on breast health. She is a Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgery. She regularly performs breast cancer surgery in Egg Harbor Township.
Primary reasons for breast cancer surgery
Patients who are fighting breast cancer usually have treatments that incorporate some type of surgery. The type and timing may depend on several considerations, such as the stage of the cancer, your personal history, and your preferences. You will discuss all options and consequences with your doctor before any surgery. Most often, surgery will be used in conjunction with other techniques, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy.
Types of breast cancer surgeries
The three main types of breast cancer surgery are lumpectomy, mastectomy, and breast reconstruction surgery.
A lumpectomy involves taking out the diseased breast tissue and some of the surrounding healthy tissue. It is considered breast-conserving surgery because only part of the breast is removed. This may be the best option for you if doctors detected your cancer early and your tumor is relatively small.
The surgeon entirely removes the breast during a mastectomy. A double mastectomy takes both breasts. You might need a mastectomy if your cancer is aggressive, you have recurrent breast cancer, or a certain type of cancer. Some patients opt for a mastectomy as a preventive measure, especially if they are at a higher risk of developing the disease. You should address the pros and cons of this surgery with your doctor before treatment. Studies have indicated that more extensive mastectomy surgery doesn’t guarantee patients a better survival rate than those who undergo a lumpectomy.
Breast reconstruction happens after a mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery. Sometimes, you can have the reconstructive surgery the same day as your breast cancer surgery. Other situations require a waiting period. Talk with your doctor about the possible scenarios for you before scheduling your breast cancer surgery.
Preparations and expectations
Surgery always comes with some risk, but breast cancer surgery is relatively safe. Some patients may experience pain, infection, bleeding, or scarring, to name a few side effects. None are life-threatening.
To prepare for your surgery, set up a consultation with your surgeon. During this appointment, you can and should ask questions about the particulars of your treatment and what you should take into consideration prior to your treatment. You likely will want to know your options for surgery. Do you need a full mastectomy or will a lumpectomy or breast-conserving surgery suffice? Can you have reconstruction immediately following your breast cancer surgery? Another set of questions worth asking would encompass recovery time. How long should you plan to be in the hospital? When can you go back to work or your normal schedule of activities? You should bring a pen and notepad with you to your meeting so you can keep track of what you want to know and Dr. Brown’s responses.
Your recovery time will partly be contingent on your health before the surgery, but you can expect to return to relative normalcy, such as your diet and bathing, within a day of your procedure. Patients usually can go home the same day as their mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery, unless reconstruction was also performed.
If you need breast cancer surgery, call us at (609) 204-5357.