Compassionate Cancer Care

Baptist Health Madisonville: Compassionate Cancer Care

Surgeon James Armstrong, MD, describes the importance of discussing with his patients the different treatment options for breast cancer, including lumpectomy, radiation and mastectomy.

Compassionate Cancer Care Health Talks Transcript

James Armstrong, MD, General Surgery
The important thing for any patient diagnosed with cancer to know is that there are now multiple treatment options, and there has been a lot of research in the area of breast cancer treatment to provide a multitude of options for treatment. And, almost always, the treatment includes some sort of surgery. The basic options for the surgical treatment of breast cancer are a lumpectomy with radiation or a mastectomy. Now if you go back many years — and many patients still think — that if you have breast cancer you have to have a mastectomy. That certainly is not the case now, and so it’s important that patients realize we will discuss several different options surgically with them, and ultimately, they are the ones who decide what treatment they will pursue.

Patricia Medendorp, Providence, Kentucky
I got an appointment with Dr. Armstrong, and went in and discussed it with him, and decided on options according to how big the lump was, and the type of cancer it was, of course. He said that I could have a lumpectomy, but that I should consider and should have radiation, so that’s what I decided to do because it cuts down the chance of the cancer coming back. Cancer is a fearful thing. That’s why we need all the encouragement, the compassion. I think they’re doing a good job. We’re very blessed to have caring people here.

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