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Bedford Breast Center
436 N Bedford Dr, Ste 105
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 278-8590
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.
What To Ask Your Doctor Before Mastectomy or Lumpectomy
At Bedford Breast Center in Beverly Hills, we believe that knowledge is power. The better you understand your breast treatment options, the more capable you are of making well-informed decisions about your breast care. Here are some essential questions to ask your physician to help you take charge of your breast cancer care.
Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Having a Lumpectomy
1. Where will the incision be located? Unless the cancer involves the skin, there is no excuse not to place the incision in a cosmetically favorable location, such as around the nipple (circumareolar), in the crease below the breast (inframammary fold), or in the armpit (axilla).
2. What will my breast look like after the lump is removed? Will I have a divot? How large will it be?
3. What are my reconstruction options if I am not happy with how I look postoperatively? Your physician should provide you with options, such as fat transfer (taking fat from one part of the body and moving it to the lumpectomy area).
4. Are you removing an axillary lymph node? If so, describe the technique and potential complications.
5. Is radiation necessary after surgery? What is involved with breast cancer radiation therapy, and what are the potential complications?
6. Is breast preservation rather than mastectomy the best option for me? (Most women are candidates for lumpectomy and do not need mastectomy).
Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Having a Mastectomy
1. Where will the incision be located?
2. Can I keep my nipple? If not, why not? (the nipple can be saved in almost every instance).
3. What are the potential complications of mastectomy, AND what are the doctor’s statistics regarding these complications? (Complications can include bleeding, infection, skin or nipple necrosis, and reoperation).
4. Are there any alternatives to mastectomy for which I may be a candidate? Is a breast-preserving procedure a consideration? If not, why?
5. Will I undergo reconstruction at the same time as my mastectomy? (Only in rare situations is it necessary to delay breast reconstruction. All women considering mastectomy should preoperatively consult with a plastic surgeon to understand their options).
6. Should I consider prophylactic mastectomy of my healthy breast? What are my statistics for a second cancer there? How will I be followed If I preserve that breast?
Our world-class facility in Beverly Hills serves patients from Los Angeles from throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Glendale, Malibu, and beyond. To learn more about treatment options, call us at (310) 278-8590 or contact us using the online form to schedule an appointment.