A sentinel node is the first lymph node to which breast cancer is likely to spread. In this video, Dr. Kristine Calhoun, discusses when just the sentinel lymph nodes need to be removed and when it's necessary to remove more lymph nodes.
Surgical Options for Breast Cancer
Surgical oncologist, Dr. Kristine Calhoun, talks about the surgical options for breast cancer patients. Generally, most patients will have surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment. Dr. Calhoun breaks down treatment options into two parts -- how to treat the breast (lumpectomy or mastectomy), and treatment of the lymph nodes. She also discusses the different types of lumpectomies and mastectomies and briefly touches on the rates of recurrence post-treatment. .
Wire Localization Procedure
When breast cancers cannot be felt, surgeons depend on wire localization to remove it. In this video, Dr. Kristine Calhoun walks through the process of wire localization. On the day of surgery, a radiologist, with the help of either an ultrasound or mammogram will locate the tumor and insert a guide wire and tape it in place. The wire allows the surgeon to triangulate the location of the tumor, determine where to make the incision, and where to remove tissue.
Breast Cancer Surgery
Dr. Sara Javid Discusses Surgery Options for Breast Cancer Patients
There?s a one in eight chance that a woman will have breast cancer in her lifetime. Most who do undergo some type of surgery to remove it. One option available is a lumpectomy, where only the tumor is removed, rather than the entire breast. This is typically followed by a course of radiation to the breast. Dr. Sara Javid, Surgical Oncologist at SCCA, states that after 25 years of follow up, we now know that this procedure is equally safe in terms of survival and recurrence risk of cancer in the breast.
SCCA uses a multi disciplinary team approach to treating patients. This gives patients the full picture up front of what to expect and what options are available to them, empowering them to make choices as they move forward with their breast cancer treatment at SCCA.
Breast Tissue Expanders for Breast Reconstruction
Dr. Shannon Colohan explains the process for getting breast tissue expanders before getting implants for women who opt for implant-based reconstruction after recovering from breast cancer.