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Jun 28

Fighting Breast Cancer

cancer cellBreast cancer remains one of the most common malignancies affecting American women, second only to skin cancer. 330,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. About one in eight of all American women will develop breast cancer sometime in their lives, but there is encouraging news – over 3.5 million US women with a history of breast cancer were alive on January 1, 2016.

Early detection, along with improved medical and surgical treatments have made this advance possible. Previously, breast surgery involved a mastectomy. Now the same operation can often be accomplished with a small, minimally invasive incision in the breast, or in some cases a second incision under the arm. Likewise, the weeks of clinic or hospital visits for follow-up radiation treatment can be avoided in many cases by using IORT, or Intraoperative Radiation Therapy. This therapy offers an alternative to post-surgical radiation for many women. In this procedure, the radiation is delivered during the surgery itself, directly into the area where the tumor has been removed. Following IORT, most patients will not require added radiation therapy later.

You can read more about this possibility at A New Option for Breast Surgery Patients. For information about any aspect of general surgery, laparoscopic surgery techniques, especially bariatric surgery, or IORT, please contact our office. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at 386-210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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