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What should be my first step after I am diagnosed with breast cancer?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, the first step would be to find a general surgeon specialist that can perform the appropriate surgical excision. Depending upon the type of cancer, stage, and grade of the tumor, either a lumpectomy, mastectomy, with possible lymph nodal dissection may be performed. Also, an oncologist will be needed to follow the patient for possible chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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