Category: breast

Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?

Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?

Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Oncoplastic breast surgery is an advancement in breast cancer surgery to achieve widened surgical margin and to optimize cosmetic outcome while maintaining reduced local recurrence rate altogether. The importance of a woman's breasts shouldn't be underestimated as it provide a sense of being whole to a woman. Some women would rather avoid … Continue reading Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?

Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Mrs Y, 38, was recently diagnosed with left breast cancer and she underwent left mastectomy and axillary clearance 3 weeks ago. HPE report: Infiltrating ductal cancer, grade 3, pT3N0M0 (stage 2), ER negative, HER2 negative, LVI positive, margin clear. She was planned for adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy to left chest wall. Introduction Mrs Y wanted … Continue reading Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Another Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with ER positive, HER2 negative)

Another Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with ER positive, HER2 negative)

In advanced breast cancer, two criteria when deciding suitability for hormonal therapy are: Estrogen receptor (ER) positive and HER2 negative NOT in visceral crisis Visceral crisis is defined as severe organ dysfunction as assessed by signs and symptoms, laboratory studies and rapid progression of disease. Visceral crisis is not the mere presence of visceral metastases … Continue reading Another Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with ER positive, HER2 negative)

Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with HER2-positive)

Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with HER2-positive)

The first paragraph summed it well - drastic price reduction would enable more breast cancer patients with HER2-positive to be treated with trastuzumab. Trastuzumab treatment is heavily subsidised for patients who fits certain criteria in government hospitals. For these patients, this news won't affect them. Who will it benefit then? Besides adhering to KKM drug … Continue reading Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with HER2-positive)

Early Breast Cancer: Importance of Hormonal Therapy in ER-positive Breast Cancer

Early Breast Cancer: Importance of Hormonal Therapy in ER-positive Breast Cancer

A young lady in her early 40s had left breast cancer, pT2N2MO (stage III), ER positive, HER2 negative. She completed surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. When I told her that she will need hormonal therapy for up to 10 years based on latest study, she said the study must be pharma-sponsored to encourage longer use of … Continue reading Early Breast Cancer: Importance of Hormonal Therapy in ER-positive Breast Cancer