Baptist Health La Grange: Breast Cancer Treatment Options and Surgery in La Grange, Kentucky
Baptist Health uses cutting-edge medicine in breast cancer removal surgery to prevent the spread of breast cancer. Learn about the types of breast cancer removal surgery from Baptist Health La Grange.
Breast Cancer Treatment Options and Surgery in La Grange, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Patricia Figert, MD, General Surgery:
Usually, patients actually are diagnosed with breast cancer by a general surgeon, and we’re really the first line, or first physician that they will have consultation with.
In Baptist Health La Grange, we offer the entire complement of breast surgery, from lumpectomies to mastectomies, and with mastectomies, we also offer the full complement of skin sparing, as well as nipple sparing.
In a lumpectomy, we’re trying to actually save the patient’s breast, and so we would only remove the cancer with just a little bit of the normal breast tissue around it. In a sentinel lymph node biopsy, sentinel meaning first, if the sentinel node is found to be positive, then we would move on during that surgery to do a formal axillary lymph node dissection, which would be removing the remainder of those lymph nodes out from underneath the arm for staging.
The hospital is small, therefore, it gives a lot of personal attention and individual attention to the patients, and it’s a community hospital, so a lot of our patients we know.