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Breast Cancer Surgery Options


Carrie Cashman, MD is an Oncology Surgeon at Banner Desert Medical Center.

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ASK THE EXPERT: Breast Cancer Surgery Options Video - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to
provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents:
             Ask the Expert
Text: Breast Cancer Surgery Options

Text: Carrie Cashman, MD
 Oncology Surgeon
 Banner Desert Medical Center

Image: Carrie Cashman, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Audio:  “Options for patients who have to have breast cancer surgery: There are usually two when you’ve been diagnosed with a breast cancer by a biopsy. Usually there are two types of surgery that can be done: one is a lumpectomy and the other one is a mastectomy. A lumpectomy is a breast conservation procedure. You may also see it termed as a partial mastectomy. This is where the breast cancer itself is removed with some normal tissue around it. A mastectomy, in contrast, is where the entire breast is removed – the entire breast that contains the cancer.”

Text: Breast Reconstruction

Audio:  “Breast reconstruction can be done either at the same time as a mastectomy or at a later time. Coordination with a plastic surgeon can be arranged for an immediate reconstruction. They will sometimes use the patient’s own tissue or muscle to reconstruct the breast. Sometimes they’ll use implants that can be gradually expanded over a period of time, and ultimately, either saline or silicone implants can usually be used for a reconstruction.”

Text: Breast Cancer Surgery Options

Audio:  “The decision between having a lumpectomy or a mastectomy is a very personal decision. It’s made by the patient with the exception of a very large cancer, or in the time that your breast cancer surgeon does not think one or the other operation is appropriate for you, for various reasons. And it’s really important to talk to your breast cancer surgeon to determine which choice is going to be best for you and for your lifestyle.”

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