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Surgery Choices for Women with DCIS or Breast Cancer

1. A diagnosis of DCIS means that abnormal cells were found in the lining of the breast duct, but they have not spread outside the duct to the breast tissue.  These abnormal cells are not invasive cancer, but they may become cancer.

A. True

B. False


2. The stage of breast cancer is used to describe which of the following?

A. How big the tumor is.

B. If it has spread.

C. Where it has spread.

D. All of the above.


3. Breast reconstructive surgery must be done at the same time as the mastectomy.

A. True

B. False


4. Which type of women are not good candidates for tissue flap surgery?

A. Those that are very thin or obese.

B. Those who smoke.

C. Those who have serious health problems.

D. All of the above.


5. No matter which type of breast cancer surgery a person has, they will likely have one or more lymph nodes removed from under their arm, except for in DCIS, since cells in DCIS will not travel to other parts of the body.

A. True

B. False


6. Fewer lymph nodes are removed with standard lymph node surgery than with sentinel lymph node biopsy.

A. True

B. False


7. About _____% of women who have breast-sparing surgery along with radiation therapy get cancer in the same breast within 12 years.

A. 5

B. 10

C. 20

D. 40


8. About _____% of women who have a mastectomy will get cancer on the same side of their chest within 12 years.

A. 5

B. 10

C. 20

D. 40


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