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Description: Breast cancer is a cancer that evolve from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, or a red scaly patch of skin. In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, or yellow skin.

 
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1. Lumpectomy.

Lumpectomy is surgery in which only the effetced tissue and some surrounding tissue is removed.
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2. Mastectomy.

This is the surgical termination of the entire breast. There are various types of mastectomies. Talk with your physician about whether the skin can be preserved, called a skin-sparing mastectomy.
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3. Sentinel lymph node biopsy.

In a sentinel lymph node biopsy, the physician removes a small number of lymph nodes from under the arm that receive lymph drainage from the breast. This procedure can be benefited as it avoids the removal multiple lymph nodes in an axillary lymph node. The smaller lymph node procedure has low risk of several possible side effects. Those side effects include abnormal enlargement of a part of the of the arm called lymphedema, the risk of lack of sensation, as well as arm movement, which are long-lasting issues that can severely affect a person’s living lifestyle. The pathologist then investigate these lymph
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4. Axillary lymph node dissection.

In an axillary lymph node removal, beneath the arm the surgeon removes many lymph nodes . These are then investigated by a pathologist for effected cells. The actual number of lymph nodes removed depends upon the person. An axillary lymph node removal may not be required for all women with early-stage breast cancer with minor amounts of cancer in the sentinel lymph nodes. Women having a lumpectomy and radiation therapy who have a smaller caner tissues and no additional than 2 sentinel lymph nodes with cancer may evade a full axillary lymph node removal. This helps minimize the risk of
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5. Reconstructive (plastic) surgery

Women who are diagnosed with mastectomy may want to consider breast reconstruction. This is surgery to re-construct the breast with the help of either tissue taken from another part of the body or synthetic implants. Re-creation is mainly performed by a plastic surgeon. A woman may have reformation or mastectomy at the same time called immediate reconstruction. She can get a surgery done in the future as well called delayed reconstruction.
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