My mother observed a lump in her right breast before two months ago. The doctor advised for full abdomen USG, mammography, and FNAC. The results showed duct cell carcinoma (NST) with a lesion measuring 12 x 15 mm. Surgical Oncologist has advised for surgical removal of a tumor (BCS surgery) followed by radiation and chemotherapy. He suggested, my mother, to undergo four to eight sessions of chemotherapy, depending upon the biopsy report of the tumor. I wish to seek a second opinion depending upon the requirement of chemotherapy and radiation therapies and also want to know the possible side effects.
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The current treatment for the early breast cancer is breast conservation surgery and sentinel lymph node (axillary node) sampling.
There are oncotype testing to personalize the treatment which gives the magnitude of benefit for a particular individual. Radiotherapy is mainly given to reduce the risk of local recurrence. Side effects of radiation are skin reactions in the short term and hardening of the breast in the long term. Chemotherapy, not sure whether your mother needs chemotherapy. If the nodes are negative with strong ER (estrogen receptors) in positive status, we could avoid chemotherapy altogether.
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