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Breast Oncology Surgery
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the US, according to Centers for Disease Control. About 1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer. The good news is that for those who are diagnosed and treated during the earliest stages of breast cancer, 100% can expect to achieve a five-year survival rate. Dr. Dana Abraham, M.D. Is a breast oncology specialist who offers the highest quality medical treatment available.
Breast Oncology Procedures
Breast Biopsy: A procedure in which a sample of a suspicious breast growth is removed and examined, usually for the presence of cancer.
Lumpectomy: A lumpectomy is a surgical treatment used to treat breast cancer. It is considered “breast–conserving” surgery because in a lumpectomy, only the malignant tumor and a surrounding margin of normal breast tissue are removed. Lymph nodes in the armpit (axilla) may also be removed.
Breast Mastectomy: The medical term for the surgical removal of the breast, partially or completely. Usually done to treat breast cancer, but also used as a preventative for those believed to be at high risk for cancer.
Axillary Node Dissection
Axillary Node Dissection: A procedure that involves removal of at least six of the lymph nodes under the arm. These nodes are then sent to the lab where they are checked for cancer.
Sentinel Node Biopsy
Sentinel Node Biopsy: In this surgery, a special blue dye and/or a radioactive substance is first injected into the breast to determine which lymph nodes are the first to receive drainage from the breast. These nodes would potentially be first to be invaded by cancer cells. One to three sentinel nodes are usually removed and tested for cancer. If cancerous, then all lymph nodes are removed.