Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment

February 25, 2019 - 3:21 pm

A breast cancer diagnosis is devastating, but it's not as dire as it used to be. Breast cancer can be treated and even managed for years, if necessary, according to Dr. Russell Reisner, a surgical oncologist and breast surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. He says treatment has improved greatly,  along with the way a woman looks after the medical and surgical treatments are complete.

According to Dr. Reisner, physicians think about what the breast will look like after surgery before treatment even begins. If needed, chemotherapy is used to shrink tumors, so less breast tissue is removed along with the tumor during surgery. A less radical surgery gives the breast a better shape after the operation. He says a lot of thought is put into where incisions are made, so scars are less noticeable.

If breast-conserving surgery isn't possible and implants are needed, he says they have improved too. He adds that implants are commonly used and are now more durable and less likely to rupture than in years past. He tells patients if implants are needed, they offer a good option for breast reconstruction.