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Monday, November 30, 2009 Mini, Community Member, asks

Q: How soon after diagnosis of breast cancer is surgery carried out?

Breast cancer has been diagnosed and there are 2 lumps in one breast - one large and one small. The doctor has stated that a mastectomy is required and there's a follow-up in one week to discuss findings of the biopsy. How soon after is the surgery carried out typically?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/30/09 1:59pm

Hi Mini - The surgery will probably be scheduled within a few weeks or a month - it all depends on the surgeon's schedule, and operating room availability. At this time of year, it's liable to be slower than usual, due to vacations and holidays. But don't worry - in general, breast cancer is very slow growing, and the lag time isn't a problem. Best of luck to you - PJH

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By Mini, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 11/30/09