Breast cancer care in New Orleans
At Touro, we specialize in treating breast cancer using the most advanced medical and surgical options available. Our oncologists work collaboratively with chemotherapy and radiation treatment specialists, along with plastic and reconstructive surgeons, to give each patient the best results. We also utilize oncoplastic surgery, which is an approach to breast cancer surgery that combines plastic surgery techniques and lumpectomy. This approach has prevented many women from requiring a mastectomy. We also specialize in radioactive seed localized breast surgery, hidden scar surgery, and reconstructive breast surgery. We round out our comprehensive medical care with a range of dedicated support services to ensure you are cared for at every stage of your breast cancer journey.
Hidden scar surgery
If you’re concerned about the scars associated with breast cancer surgery, hidden scar breast cancer surgery is an excellent option. This advanced approach involves the removal of cancerous tissue through a single incision in an inconspicuous area to minimize visible scarring. Surgeons preserve a natural-looking breast and the nipple, areola, and surrounding tissue are spared. Hidden scar surgery may also ease the emotional impact of breast cancer surgery. The procedure may be appropriate for many breast cancer patients who are undergoing nipple sparing mastectomy or breast-conserving procedures. Our team has performed this surgery many times and can help you determine whether it’s right for you.
Reconstructive breast surgery
Breast cancer reconstruction surgery can be used to restore one or both breasts after a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or congenital deformity. This procedure can achieve near normal shape, symmetry, and appearance of the breasts. Reconstructive breast surgery may be performed as a single surgery or during multiple procedures in stages. We recommend that you discuss and plan your breast reconstruction surgery before your mastectomy. Reconstructive breast surgery options include implant breast reconstruction and autologous tissue flap reconstruction.
Mastectomy & lumpectomy surgery options
You have options when it comes to breast cancer surgeries. A mastectomy is a procedure consisting of the entire breast, as well as some nearby tissues being removed. The goal of a lumpectomy is to conserve the breast. During this procedure, most of the breast is kept intact. Radiation may be necessary for a lumpectomy. Mastectomies are more extensive than a lumpectomy. Your doctors will discuss which route would be best for you depending on your type of breast cancer as well as the size of your tumor and your previous treatments. It’s important to note that a mastectomy does not provide a better chance of survival than other, more conservative surgeries.
Radioactive seed localized breast surgery
We’re proud to offer a new approach to remove breast cancer and are the first hospital in New Orleans as well as the Gulf Coast to offer radioactive seed localized breast surgery. This procedure can detect breast abnormalities and cancers before they can be detected with a physical exam. This allows doctors to identify problems early on, but the challenge it creates is precisely locating the affected tissue. Radioactive seed localization (RSL) enables our team to accurately target lesions in the breast. This procedure uses a seed the size of a grain of rice. RSL removes less tissue, disturbs less healthy tissue, provides more comfort, decrease times of operation, and leaves the beast with a more natural look compared to wire localization.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Lymphedema is swelling that may occur after cancer surgery when lymph nodes are removed. It may also happen after radiation to the lymph nodes. It can start months or years after treatment. It’s a long-term (chronic) condition that has no cure. But you can take steps to help keep it from starting. If it does start, there are things you can do to reduce or ease symptoms.
If left untreated, lymphedema can get worse. It’s important to know what lymphedema is and what you should watch for. Lymphedema is easier to treat and treatment is more likely going to work if it’s treated right away.
At Touro, supportive care is an essential part of our cancer program. We provide the mental, emotional, spiritual, and social support you need through your cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship.
Our approach focuses on the whole person and not just the disease. Selecting the services you need can strengthen your mind and body while empowering you to fight cancer and recover from your treatment. We’re proud to offer these cancer support services to patients and their families at no cost.
Breast reconstruction procedures should be covered by your health insurance plan, whether they are done right away, soon after mastectomy/lumpectomy, or many years later. Check with your physician and health insurance to see which reconstruction options are covered by your insurance.
Typically, breast reconstruction takes place during or soon after mastectomy, and in some cases, lumpectomy. Breast reconstruction also can be done many months or even years after mastectomy or lumpectomy. During reconstruction, a plastic surgeon creates a breast shape using an artificial implant (implant reconstruction), a flap of tissue from another place on your body (autologous reconstruction), or both.
- Mastectomy & lumpectomy surgery options
- Reconstructive breast surgery
- Nipple sparing surgery
- Radioactive seed localized breast surgery
- DIEP Flap
- Hidden scar surgery
All cancer patients are different. Your doctor might recommend surgery based on the form of cancer you have as well as the stage of the cancer and whether or not it has spread. There are 2 basic types of surgery to remove breast cancer:
- Lumpectomy (also called breast-conserving surgery, partial mastectomy or wide excision)
Breast cancer can happen to anyone. Having a family history increases your risk, but 80% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer in women. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Of those, only 10% will have a family history of breast cancer.
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