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Breast Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Changes to This Summary (09 / 25 / 2014)

General Information About Breast Cancer

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Complications of Breast Cancer Surgery

Mastectomy, lumpectomy, and axillary node dissection are fairly safe surgeries. But every surgery has the risk of complications. You should contact your doctor immediately if you see any signs of: Infection, including redness and/or swelling of the incision with pus or foul-smelling drainage, perhaps with fever; antibiotics can be used to treat post-surgical infections. Lymphedema , swelling of the arm and/or hand on the side of the surgery due to the removal...

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Histopathologic Classification of Breast Cancer

This section was renamed from Cellular Classification of Breast Cancer, reformatted, and extensively revised.

Stage Information for Breast Cancer

This section was reformatted and extensively revised.

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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