Breast Disorders in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
If you feel you may have a breast disorder, disease, or cancer, schedule an appointment with Dr. Desiree D’Angelo. She’ll help you rule out a cancerous process and develop a treatment plan if cancer is found. Some women are scared of having a breast evaluation because the thought of being diagnosed with a breast cancer can be intimidating—but with a quality physician and surgeon on your side, you can feel confident in your treatment.
Common breast disorders
Dr. D’Angelo has been treating breast disorders of all varieties for years. Check out some of the most common benign and malignant breast disorders she treats:
Breast cancer surgery: If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may require surgery to remove part or all the breast tissue. This may include breast conservation therapy (lumpectomy) or complete breast removal (mastectomy). Reconstruction of a removed breast or breast reshaping with partial breast removal (oncoplastic surgery) may also be part of the discussion regarding surgery. In the event of advanced cancer, breast surgery can help to relieve some symptoms.
- Annual examinations: One of the best ways to stay ahead of breast disorders is to have an annual examination. Schedule yours today.
- Evaluation of a mass: If you feel you have a suspicious lump or mass on your breast, it’s important to get it looked at by a physician right away. Your doctor will determine whether it needs further inspection or testing.
- Cyst aspiration: Aspirating a cyst is simply a procedure to drain fluid from a breast cyst. Most cysts are benign (non-cancerous)—cyst aspiration can be completed to relieve tenderness or to rule out cancer.
- Lumpectomy: A lumpectomy is a breast surgery in which a portion of the breast tissue is removed. Generally a lumpectomy is done to remove cancer or other abnormal tissue from your breast.
- Mastectomy: A mastectomy is the surgical removal of the entire breast to treat breast cancer or to prevent breast cancer. Depending on the severity of the disease, some surrounding tissues, muscles, and lymph nodes may be removed in addition to the breast.
- Stereotactic biopsy: A stereotactic breast biopsy is a minimally invasive biopsy technique that uses the mammogram images to identify the area that requires biopsy and confirms the tissue in question was removed with the biopsy.
- Ultrasound guided biopsy: An ultrasound guided breast biopsy is a minimally invasive biopsy technique that uses the ultrasound to identify the area that needs to be biopsied. This procedure is usually done in the office under local anesthesia.
- Ultrasound: A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the inside of your breast. Your physician can view blood flow and look for abnormal tissues.
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy: The lymph nodes located under your arms are called the axillary lymph nodes. The sentinel lymph node is the node that gets the drainage from the breast first. Your doctor may require a sentinel lymph node biopsy to check if cancer has spread from the breast to the lymph nodes.
- Complete Lymph Node Dissection: Depending on the severity of your breast cancer, the surgeon may decide to remove all of the lymph nodes in the arm pit to decrease your risk for recurrence of breast cancer.
- Gynecomastia: Gynecomastia is an enlargement of breast tissue seen in male patients. Often, it is caused by high levels of estrogen, or testosterone and estrogen levels that are unbalanced.
- Port-a-cath for chemotherapy: To make cancer treatment and blood draws easier and less painful, your physician may decide to use a port-a-cath.