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What questions should I ask before breast cancer surgery?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

Each patient should undergo a very thorough consultation with both the medical oncologist and the general surgeon prior to the mastectomy surgery. The specific breast cancer diagnosis, including stage and grade, adjuvant therapy including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormonal therapy (Tamoxifen) should be discussed. Finally, the specific type of surgery (lumpectomy, mastectomy, partial mastectomy, radical mastectomy) with or without lymph node dissection (axillary lymphadenectomy) should be reviewed.

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