Mercy’s Dr. Neil B. Friedman, Director, The Hoffberger Breast Center, Discusses Treatment Options For Stage Zero Breast Cancer
Women diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer have a wide range of treatment options: treat it, have a mastectomy or do nothing.
Doctors say such choices can be very confusing for patients.
Phyillis Bloom can understand that all too well.
The 78-year-old was recently diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer. After consulting with her physician, Dr. Neil B. Friedman, Director, The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy, Bloom opted for a lumpectomy. Dr. Friedman also offered her the option of radiation, which Bloom declined.
Not long after the lumpectomy, Bloom was diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer again.
"Right next to where I had surgery," she said.
Still, Dr. Friedman explained that Bloom's prognosis is good; the long-term side effect of stage 0 breast cancer is 98 to 100 percent.
"So, long-term survival, whether you have a lumpectomy, lumpectomy plus radiation or a mastectomy, is the same," Dr. Friedman said. "The difficult part is figuring out who should be in what category."
The second time around, Bloom once again chose a lumpectomy. Whether she will follow that with radiation depends largely on a test called oncotype dx.
"What it does is it qualifies the potential risk for re-occurrence of the breast cancer within the next 10 years," Dr. Friedman said.
When that test comes back for Bloom, she may then decide to have radiation as well. In the meantime, she offers advice to other women: "By all means get your mammogram regularly. To catch it early is the best thing you can do."
View Dr. Neil B. Friedman’s interview regarding Stage Zero breast cancer.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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