Treatment Options for Stage 1 Breast Cancer

Dr. Jay K. Harness defines Stage 1 breast cancer as an invasive breast cancer, smaller than 2 cm in size, and with no lymph node involvement. Learn more about potential treatments for Stage 1 breast cancer in this video.

Jay K. Harness, MD, FACS: Stage 1 breast cancer is an invasive breast cancer. It is smaller than 2 cm in size and the lymph nodes are negative by definition.

Stage 1 breast cancer can typically be treated either by a lumpectomy or in medical terms, a partial mastectomy, or a mastectomy.

The options then include with mastectomy having reconstruction or not, and with lumpectomy patients who have stage 1 breast cancer require radiation therapy. That radiation therapy can be done is partial breast radiation therapy or whole breast radiation therapy.

It’s important to remember that even though a cancer is Stage 1 and the lymph nodes are negative, that does not mean that the whole body doesn’t have to be treated.

The good news with Stage 1 breast cancer is it’s small; the good news with Stage 1 breast cancer is that the lymph nodes are negative, but it’s important to remember that the whole body needs to be treated as well as the local regional control of the cancer in the breast, and that’s a good definition of Stage 1 breast cancer.

Dr. Jay K. Harness is a board certified surgeon currently treating patients at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA. Dr. Harness specializes in complete breast health, breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic reconstruction, genetic screening, management of breast health issues, risk assessment and counseling. Dr. Harness is the medical director for Breast Cancer Answers.com, and guides this first ever social media show’s information by drawing on his former leadership experience as the President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1969 and spent time early on in his career at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

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