The M:TA project, or Myself Together Again, is a great resource for women facing reconstruction surgery after a breast cancer diagnosis. Visit our website for more information on the M:TA outreach to women across the world at www.myselftogetheragain.org.
When deciding between a mastectomy and lumpectomy for breast cancer treatment, you should weigh the pros and cons of each option. In this video, Dr. Harness discusses the differences between mastectomy and lumpectomy to help you choose the best treatment option for you. Click Here & Get The 15 Breast Cancer Questions To Ask Your Doctor http://www.breastcanceranswers.com/what-breast-cancer-questions-to-ask/# Breast Cancer Answers is a social media show where viewers submit a question and get the answer from an expert. Submit your question now at, http://www.breastcanceranswers.com/ask In this clip, Jay Harness, MD, FACS explains how to determine which breast surgery is right for you.
I hope that this video series update finds everyone well. It has been 3 months since we last shared a video of Sherri's reconstruction story with you. The last video showed Sherri having to manage burns on her breast that were a result of accidentally using a heating pad on her body following her double mastectomy surgery. Due to lack of feeling in her chest, she experienced 2nd degree burns on her breast just after having the expanders placed in during her surgery. From our standpoint, it was hard to see such a healthy person taking on reconstruction and then seeing her experience the type of delay that can happen to many women who have cancer, causing them to be unable to adhere to their expected reconstruction time line. Although Sherri's journey began with a choice to have prophylactic surgery in order to avoid having breast cancer,
For most women with early-stage invasive breast cancer, mastectomy or lumpectomy with radiation are equally good options. Having one or the other makes no difference in how long you will live. Since both choices provide the same medical outcome, your choice depends on how you feel about:
- How your body looks after your surgery—your appearance
- How much time and energy your treatment involves and how much it disrupts your life
- The chance that your cancer might come back in the breast or breast area (local recurrence).
Health Dialog honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month by making our decision aid for Early Stage Breast Cancer available during October 2010:
www.myselftogetheragain.org Myself Together Again Video Series on Breast Reconstruction Processes. Visit www.myselftogetheragain.org for more info. Sorry we did not get this out first thing Monday we still had some work to do on this second video. We hope that you were able to view Part 1 of Sherri's expansion process, if not you can view it here. Today we are bringing you Part 2. In the video you are getting ready to watch you will hear Sherri discuss how far she hopes to be expanded -- hope being the key word. Sherri was not able to be expanded quite as far as she had planned due to being extremely uncomfortable shortly after the 2nd expansion and then the stretching pain just never really subsided. Interestingly enough, if you read my story on the website or in the first booklet you will remember that the same exact thing happened to me. I wanted to get back to about a "C" shape, but the stretching just became too painful.
Most breast cancer affects women over the age 50. For women younger than 50, a common question is whether to choose mastectomy or lumpectomy. A younger woman has a higher recurrence risk when choose lumpectomy. A potential solution for in-breast recurrence in these women is to have part of the radiation started at the time of the surgery, also called intraoperative radiation boost. This reduces the chance that the cancer will come back. Watch this video to learn more. SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE EXPERT INFORMATION AND BREAKING BREAST CANCER NEWS http://www.youtube.com/user/drjayharness VISIT BREASTCANCERANSWERS.com FOR INFORMATIVE VIDEOS http://www.breastcanceranswers.com/video-categories/ SUBMIT A QUESTION http://www.breastcanceranswers.com/ask DOWNLOAD DR. HARNESS' 15 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR http://www.breastcanceranswers.com/