The Breast Place FAQs



After Your Breast Cancer Surgery: A Guide to Recovery
Is there anything you can do to speed your recovery after breast cancer surgery? Cancer survivors often look for information and advice from their health care providers about food choices, physical activity,

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Alcohol
Studies have found a link between alcohol intake and the risk of Mouth, Throat, Larynx. Esophagus (swallowing tube from mouth to stomach), Liver and Breast cancers. Alcohol use may be linked to colon cancer, too. In

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Antioxidants
Antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids (compounds that give vegetables and fruits their colors), and many phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals). They help prevent damage to cells in the body from chemical reactions with oxygen. Because

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Breast Biopsy and Pre-Biopsy Procedures
A breast biopsy is procedure to remove a small sample of breast tissue for laboratory testing. Breast biopsy is considered the best way to evaluate a suspicious area in your breast to determine if it

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Breast Cancer and Pregnancy
When you’re pregnant, finding out that you also have breast cancer can be overwhelming. At the same time that you’re hoping to bring a new life into the world, you enter into a fight to

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Breast Needle Localization
Breast Needle Localization is to help identify the precise location of abnormal breast tissue for biopsy. This is done by placing dye and sometimes a small wire at the point of the abnormality. A marker will

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Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy. Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable.

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Care of Your Incision After a Breast Biopsy
Your incision, or scar, has both stitches and steri-strips, which are small white strips of tape, and is covered by a gauze dressing and tape or a plastic dressing. Do not remove the dressing, steri-strips or

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Clinical Trials
The Breast Place has been selected by Agendia to participate in a clinical trial comparing long-term results of mastectomies followed by chemotherapy. Because the trial does not require additional drugs or treatments, it does not

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Fat
Several studies have looked at the link between fat intake and survival after the diagnosis of breast cancer, with mixed results. There is little evidence that total fat intake affects cancer outcomes, but diets high

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Fiber
Dietary fiber includes many different plant carbohydrates that are not digested by humans. Fibers are either “soluble” (like oat bran) or “insoluble” (like wheat bran and cellulose). Soluble fiber helps lower the risk of heart

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First Appointment Expectations
Women who have breast cancer or concerns about breast disease are seen on the second floor of the Charleston Cancer Center at the new home of The Breast Place. You can expect your first appointment to

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Integrative Medicine
Sometimes called holistic medicine, complementary medicine typically addresses how disease affects the whole person: physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. Complementary medicine tries to promote health or wellness with a number of aids, including: herbs acupuncture massage visualization hypnosis meditation/relaxation therapy yoga vitamins homeopathy No scientific

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Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
Radiation can be given during lumpectomy surgery, after the cancer has been removed. This is called intraoperative radiation therapy (sometimes abbreviated as IORT). While the underlying breast tissue is still exposed, a single, high dose

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Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy
Under certain circumstances, people with breast cancer have the opportunity to choose between total removal of a breast (mastectomy) and breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) followed by radiation. Lumpectomy followed by radiation is likely to be equally as

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Meats
Studies have linked eating large amounts of red meat and processed meats (like bacon, hot dogs, and deli meats) with increased risk of colorectal, prostate, and stomach cancers. Some research suggests that frying, broiling, or

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Micropigmentation of the Nipple
Reconstructive breast surgery is routinely offered to patients undergoing surgery for breast cancer. While results can be excellent, if nipple-sparing techniques fail, a patient can feel incomplete without a nipple-aerola complex. In response to patient

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Obesity
More and more evidence suggests that being overweight raises the risk for recurrence and reduces the odds of survival for many cancers. Increased body weight has been linked with higher death rates for all cancers

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Organic foods
The term organic is often used for plant foods grown without pesticides and genetic modifications, and for meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products that come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.

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Pain Treatments and Alternative Treatments
Many people with breast cancer experience some level of pain — from mild to severe, from short episodes to longer-lasting pain — because of the cancer itself, and/or as a result of treatments such

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Recurrence
We know you really don’t want to be here, reading about breast cancer recurrence or metastasis. If you’ve had breast cancer, the possibility of recurrence and spread (metastasis) of breast cancer stays with you. You

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Self-Care After Insertion of a Permanent Breast Implant
After surgery you will be taken to a recovery area to be monitored. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze or a surgical bra. Your surgeon should describe the usual after surgery (postoperative) recovery process, the

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Self-Care After Nipple/Areola Reconstruction
If your areola was created using a graft method, a plastic nipple protector will likely be sewn on during surgery, and will stay on for about a week. After surgery, you will go home wearing

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Soy products
Soy foods are an excellent source of protein and can be a good option for meals without meat. Soy contains many phytochemicals, some of which have weak estrogen activity and seem to protect against hormone-dependent

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Sugar
Sugar intake has not been shown to directly increase the risk of getting cancer or having it progress. But sugars and sugar-sweetened drinks add large amounts of calories to the diet and can cause weight

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Supplements
During and after cancer treatment, there is a probable benefit of taking a standard multiple vitamin and mineral supplement that contains about 100% of the Daily Values because during these times it may be hard

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Vegetables and fruits
In most studies, eating more vegetables and fruits has been linked with a lower risk of lung, oral (mouth), esophagus (swallowing tube from mouth to stomach), stomach, and colon cancer. But few studies have been

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Vegetarian diets
No direct evidence has shown that vegetarian diets help reduce the risk of cancer coming back when compared to diets high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and low in red meats. But vegetarian diets

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Water and other fluids
Symptoms like fatigue (extreme tiredness), light-headedness, and nausea can be caused by dehydration (loss of fluid from the body). To help prevent these problems, survivors should be encouraged to try to take in enough fluids.

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What to expect before your breast cancer surgery
Food You can eat dinner the night before surgery, but you must stop eating and drinking at midnight. You won’t eat the day of surgery, except for a clear liquid dinner of beef or chicken broth,

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What to Expect After Outpatient Surgery
Here are our typical post-op orders for reference only: Lumpectomy or Excision of Breast Lump

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