The Pros And Cons Of Lumpectomy
Lumpectomy is one type of surgery used, which is only the tumor and the surrounding tissue. However, the amount of tissue varies greatly and one should have a clear understanding of the surgery and results beforehand. Like all types of surgeries, there are risks that are being taken. One’s breast size and shape may be different from the other after surgery. Since so much tissue is being taken out of the breast, this causes the breast to look undersized. One will feel numbness around where the surgery took place and may or may not get the sensation back. This type of surgery is more common among cancer patients with smaller tumors inside their breast. The more dramatic surgery is called a mastectomy. A mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast. The entire breast is still taken off but instead the lymph nodes underneath one’s underarm are removed to keep the cancer from spreading into other parts of one’s body. The risks of a surgery like this can be stressful. Fluid can get up underneath the scar and leave a fluid pocket. In result, this could lead to a doctor using a needle to drain all the unnecessary fluid from underside the skin. Along with the loss of part of the breast or the whole breast, Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy are two of the options available that one will have to pick the following surgery. Chemotherapy is a drug that kills cancerous cells, however, it cannot tell the difference between the cancer cells and the normal cells so it kills both, which leaves the person feeling very weak and sick. Fortunately, the normal cells can repair themselves from the chemotherapy. Chemotherapy could be used to shrink a tumor, or even to reduce the chance of getting the cancer back after the surgery. Chemotherapy affects every cell in your body from your head to your toes.