Last month was breast cancer awareness month, a time to highlight the importance of cancer screening and breast health. The Center for Disease Control has named breast cancer as the most common cancer for women in the United States. Approximately 12% (that is, 1 in every eight women) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer […]
Breast cancer and accompanying treatment can be a grueling experience, both physically and emotionally. And while relief can come with successful surgery, recovery can difficult. Here is some information about what to expect from recovery and a few tips to make it easier. Your Hospital Stay After surgery, you will stay in the hospital for […]
The Cost of Breast Cancer Treatment: What are the Contributing Factors?
In a recent survey of patients diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, 38% said they were worried about finances due to their treatment. 14% said that their breast cancer cost them at least 10% of their household income. 17% said that they had spent even more than that 10% on out-of-pocket medical expenses. When doctors, surgeons, […]
When someone is first diagnosed with breast cancer, their first concern is not often about their appearance. They might first consider prognosis. Can the surgeons get the cancer out? What are the treatment options? But if surgery is necessary, the cosmetic applications are a consideration. Your breast cancer team wants you to have the best […]
The BioZorb Marker Could Help Post-Surgical Breast Cancer Results and Clinical Imaging
What is BioZorb? The BioZorb marker is a medical device meant to be implanted in the surgical site. Thanks to its open structure, it can be stitched into place by breast surgeons to avoid movement and allow the surrounding tissue to grow around the device after the procedure. The marker has six titanium clips that […]
What is Invasive Ductal Carcinoma? If you have received a cancer diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma, you may not understand what that means. You may, like any of us would be, be scared. As one of the most common types of breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma–IDC–accounts for about 80% of all breast cancers. Also called […]
Valerie Gorman, MD Presents With Hologic at 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons
Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) will showcase its growing breast surgery franchise, which includes products such as the new Trident® HD specimen radiography system, LOCalizer ™ wire-free guidance system and the BioZorb ® marker, in Booth #103 at the 20th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) in Dallas from April 30 to […]
What are the types of mastectomy? Simple/Total Mastectomy–The entire breast is removed; lymph nodes and muscle are not removed. Radical Mastectomy–The entire breast is removed, this time including the pectoral muscles and lymph nodes extending under the arm. This is rarely done today. Modified Radical Mastectomy–Removes the entire breast including the lymph nodes; Double […]
FDA Warns Against Robotic Surgery for Breast Cancer
FDA General Warning The FDA released a warning about using robots in surgeries. Since then, the da Vinci surgical robot has been brought to the forefront by many news networks. Over its history, it has had many successes, but more notable are its failings. While it has only been in use for twenty years, the […]
Mastitis and Inflammatory Breast Cancer: Things You Should Know
What is Mastitis? Mastitis (commonly known as ‘Lactation or Puerperal Mastitis,’ terms related to post childbirth) is an infection that occurs in the breast tissue. This condition is often caused by tears around the nipple, obstructed milk ducts, or improperly drained milk; this is a common occurrence with breastfeeding mothers and new mothers who have […]
How Can I Improve My Self-Image After Breast Cancer?
Body image issues are real concerns for women cancer patients that can impact self-esteem and mental health. You may view your body and yourself differently after breast cancer. Give yourself time to adjust. It takes time to adapt, so remember to treat yourself with compassion and kindness. Talking with others who have been in similar […]
Is Chemotherapy Necessary Before or After Breast Cancer Surgery, or At All?
Chemotherapy is an effective way to treat and prevent the spread of breast cancer, but new research suggests it is not always necessary. A recent study found that breast cancer has been highly over treated with chemotherapy and doctors can now confidently provide an alternative treatment known as Endocrine Therapy. However, each patient is different […]
When someone gets diagnosed with breast cancer, the world can seem a very lonely place; there is no right or wrong way to react, everyone is an individual and will cope with challenges differently. An issue that many patients have talked about is the reactions of their friends and family, once they do summon up […]
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Procedure: Key Facts You Need To Know
Cancer is perhaps the scariest word in the dictionary, capable of striking fear into the heart of anyone who hears it inside of a second. Part of the problem is that the minute a doctor says that word, anything that he or she says subsequently becomes a total blur. It is like the patient is […]
The public conception of breast cancer treatment is quite positive; people are confident that medical science has achieved a reasonable degree of success at dealing with breast cancer, and so ironically many women express more concern about how their body will look postoperative. Although her priorities will always be focused on defeating the cancer, Dr. […]
Surgery of any kind always involves some degree of risk, and Breast Cancer surgery is no different in that regard. The good news is that the vast majority of breast cancer surgeries across the world are completed successfully without any complications, and generally speaking when any complications do arise, they tend to be minor and […]
Breast Cancer consists of many different types, so if you have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, then it is important that you understand which specific kind of Breast Cancer you have. The treatment, prognosis, and outlook vary depending on the different type. Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer takes its name from the origin of this type […]
Humans by their very nature do not like the unknown, which might explain why one of the most frequent questions we are asked at the Texas Breast Center is what to expect regarding your lumpectomy surgery recovery. This is something that Dr. Gorman always explains in great detail, before the operation as it is essential […]
Birth Control and Breast Cancer: What’s the Connection?
Late in 2017, the media picked up on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that linked hormonal contraceptives, like the pill and some intrauterine devices (IUDs), with a higher risk of breast cancer. After hearing this news, you might be concerned about whether your family planning choices might increase your cancer […]
Streamlined Treatment for Breast Cancer Reduces Your Treatment Time
New radiation option cuts time by two-thirds By Valerie Gorman, MD, FACS, Breast Surgeon at Texas Surgical Specialists If you receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, it can be overwhelming. You’ll have to sort through a lot of information quickly and make decisions about what treatment is best for you. For many of my patients […]