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Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping in Post-Mastectomy Chest Wall Recurrences: Influence on Radiation Treatment Fields and Outcome

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Background and Objectives

Invasive chest wall recurrences (CWR) following mastectomy are typically treated with surgical excision, radiation therapy (RT) to the chest wall and supraclavicular (SCV) region, and appropriate systemic therapy. Repeat axillary surgery is not routinely performed if the axilla is clinically negative. We evaluated sentinel node biopsy (SNB) in patients with an isolated invasive CWR, for identification and biopsy rates, non-axillary drainage, and clinical implications for radiation fields and outcome.

Methods

Between 2008 and 2013, 12/19 women with an isolated invasive CWR had sentinel node (SN) mapping with Tc99m. Median age was 53 years, and 92 % (11/12) had initial path N0 disease. All had prior SNB, with axillary dissection in one patient.

Results

Overall, 83 % (10/12) had successful mapping, with 70 % (7/10) having an axillary SN. Ninety percent (9/10) had successful axillary node biopsy, with one patient having positive nodes. SCV RT was omitted in those with negative axillary nodes. With a median follow-up of 4.6 years from recurrence, there have been no SCV recurrences and no instances of lymphedema.

Conclusions

SNB is possible in women with an isolated CWR with acceptable identification and biopsy rates. Omission of routine irradiation of the SCV region has not jeopardized regional control and results in decreased morbidity.

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anónimo perguntou:

I feel like next week and maybe the week after will be big for Stef and Lena as a couple and realistically that it will be it until S4 save for small stuff. I don't expect they'll have a ton of their own story in the back five as we'll have the musical, Jesus dad drama, whatever is going on with this Jack....I think they'll be more reactive to the kids than driving story so I plan to enjoy next week

That sucks, you shouldn’t write them off for 5 episodes. But yes, next couple of eps will be big, there’s a lot to cover.

Next episode alone: Monte is in it. Lena might ask for time off. The rumor with Mariana (cancer or something else?), then the ladies end up at the doctor and he gives them good news bad news (this could be at the end of the episode as Stef goes in for the mastectomy). The moms go away for a day to just be before the mastectomy. I almost forgot, Stef questions who to give power of attorney to. This might be Sharon’s last ep, maybe she’ll appear in the following one though.

Following episode, Stef recovers, teaches a class and maybe learns something about how she did AJ wrong.

Rest of the season, Lena has a monte related story. I don’t know if she’s going to harass or continue her shady ways but by season’s end the school’s charter is in jeopardy. I predict they lose it and it becomes public.

Anonymous said: What is this body paint tease you speak of with Teri?

It was on twitter and all the smilies told me something was up. It was a good scene for us. Teri knows what we like.

Anonymous said: I much prefer Jack fixating on this family and this house infiltrating himself into their lives if they still want to tell a dark foster care story as opposed to going back to GU.

Yes, no more GU. I think there’s more to it than that. I bet this kid is just trying out revenge because of what happened to her, but he has great access to the family now.

theonepersontheyneverexpected perguntou:

Oh wtfplus, grace me with your wisdom? Why are almost all size 20 swimsuits made of awful floral prints? Not even cute florals but the most ass ugly tropical retirement community in Florida looking florals?

i think everyone thinks that we’re all 75 years old for some reason ! BUT at size 20, you have tons of options. in particular, rue 107 has some gorgeous prints, the esther williams plus size suits come in a billion colors (and a bikini version), and you can find cheaper stuff at forever 21 or even walmart !

p.s. simply be, asos curve, and swimsuits for all also have options, and lands end carries petite plus, tall plus, and tops for people without breasts/who have had mastectomies.

Is Fat From Another Area of Body Safe for Breast Reconstruction?

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MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Using women’s own fat cells to enhance breast reconstruction following cancer surgery doesn’t increase the risk they will experience a recurrence of their disease or develop a new cancer, research suggests.

The procedure is known as lipofilling. Fat is taken from the belly or another part of the body and injected into the breast to enhance appearance, the researchers explained.

According to the report in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, this technique can be safely used during breast reconstruction following a partial or total mastectomy.

“Our controlled study shows that, used as part of breast reconstruction, lipofilling is a safe procedure that does not increase the risk of recurrent or new breast cancers,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Steven Kronowitz, of Kronowitz Plastic Surgery in Houston, said in a journal news release.

The study included more than 1,000 women who had lipofilling after cancer-related breast surgery. About one-third of these women had a high genetic risk for breast cancer and underwent a risk-reducing mastectomy.

Rates of new or recurrent breast cancers in these women were compared against a similar group of women who had cancer-related breast reconstructions without lipofilling. Women who’d had lipofilling after a mastectomy due to cancer were followed for about five years, the study said.

Overall, cancer recurrence rates were similar among the women who had lipofilling and those who didn’t. This was true for cancers that recurred in the breast or surrounding tissue as well as recurring systemic cancers that affect other parts of the body, the study authors said.

None of the women who had a preventive mastectomy developed breast cancer, the findings showed.

There was a slightly higher risk of cancer recurrence for women on hormone therapy who had lipofilling during breast reconstruction, the investigators found.

Plastic surgeons are increasingly using lipofilling as part of breast reconstruction surgery. But the researchers said many doctors remain concerned that the procedure may affect women’s risk for new or recurring breast cancer.

“Our results provide new evidence that lipofilling, used as part of breast reconstruction, is a safe procedure that does not increase the risk of recurrent or new breast cancer after mastectomy,” Kronowitz said.

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The American Cancer Society has more about breast reconstruction.


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10/26 - the double mastectomy

Dr. Heerdt - the breast surgeon at Sloan Kettering - held my hand as I went to sleep.  Even though I was about to have a life-changing experience at her hand, I barely know her. Nevertheless, holding her hand at that moment seemed right.

Despite the fact that everywhere in Manhattan seems compact, the operating room seemed expansive. There were enormous, intimidating-looking machines (ones from sci-fi movies, surely). I moved onto a quite narrow surgical bed and had my arms secured down like open wings. That is the last memory before I woke up in recovery.

I woke up furious (and itchy). One of my biggest fears going into the surgery was waking up afterwards in tremendous pain. I was assured that would not be the case – that is why intravenous painkillers exist*. (*except if you were allergic, as I apparently am).

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I’ve been getting this question a lot, and to be honest I would rather leave that totally open to your own interpretation? Fightclub AU Rick is trans if you want him to be trans. 

Personally, I love trans Rick headcanons (and trans Stan too) and I am open to any of my AUs and headcanons being interpreted as trans Stanchez. I generally prefer to leave that up to the viewer to decide. As far as I’m concerned, whether one or both of them are trans or cis, it’s still a love story between the same two men. 

(Side note: The bandages are mentioned plot wise in the ficlet to be there because he was shot sometime between parts two and three of the story, but he may also be binding with them or have mastectomy scars underneath. Feel free to interpret it however you want.)

'Georgy Girl' Writer Margaret Forster Dies at 77

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‘Georgy Girl’ Writer Margaret Forster Dies at 77

Margaret Forster, the author of Georgy Girl and more than 20 other novels, has died in London after suffering from cancer in the back and spine. She was 77. Her husband Hunter Davies said she died Monday at a hospice in London.He said Forster underwent a double mastectomy 40 years ago and recovered fully until the cancer returned to her back 10 years ago.Davies said his wife of 55 years had been fitter than him for some 30 years until the cancer came back and made it impossible for her to sit for extended periods because of the pain.Forster taught at a girls’ school in north London before she started to write books.

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'Georgy Girl' Writer Margaret Forster Dies at 77

LONDON (AP) — Margaret Forster, the author of Georgy Girl and more than 20 other novels, has died in London after suffering from cancer in the back and spine. She was 77.

Her husband Hunter Davies said she died Monday at a hospice in London.

He said Forster underwent a double mastectomy 40 years ago and recovered fully until the cancer returned to her back 10 years ago.

Davies said his wife of 55 years had been fitter than him for some 30 years until the cancer came back and made it impossible for her to sit for extended periods because of the pain.

Forster taught at a girls’ school in north London before she started to write books. Georgy Girl was made into a hit movie and pop tune in 1966.

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'Georgy Girl' Writer Margaret Forster Dies at 77

LONDON (AP) — Margaret Forster, the author of Georgy Girl and more than 20 other novels, has died in London after suffering from cancer in the back and spine. She was 77.

Her husband Hunter Davies said she died Monday at a hospice in London.

He says she underwent a double mastectomy 40 years ago and recovered fully until the cancer returned to her back 10 years ago.

Davies said his wife of 55 years had been fitter than him for some 30 years until the cancer came back and made it impossible for her to sit for extended periods because of the pain.

Forster taught at a girls’ school in north London before she started to write books. Georgy Girl was made into a hit movie and pop tune in the 1960s.

See More: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2016