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July 10, 2024
The Link Between Breast Cancer and Back Pain: Insights from Dr. Tammaro

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This article is republished with permission from SurvivingBreastCancer.org to provide valuable information to our patients and visitors.

Understanding connections between breast cancer and seemingly unrelated symptoms like back pain is crucial for early detection and effective intervention for those diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Yolanda Tammaro, a board-certified general surgeon with distinguished fellowship training in breast surgery, offers insight into the potential link between breast cancer symptoms and back pain. 

Continue reading to learn about the possible links between breast cancer and back pain, how back pain is diagnosed and treated, and tips for managing back pain with breast cancer.

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March 29, 2024
Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy: Navigating Your Breast Cancer Treatment Options

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Breast cancer is a disease where abnormal cells grow in the breast tissue. Finding the right treatment is key because everyone’s situation is different. Your treatment plan will depend on the stage of cancer, type you have, and your overall health. This could include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, or a mix of these. Personalized treatment plans are important because they focus on what is best for you, aiming to fight the cancer while keeping side effects as low as possible. It is important to talk openly with your healthcare team to understand your options and make choices that feel right for you.

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March 7, 2024
Breast Biopsy Guide: Preparation, Procedure, and Understanding Results
Maintaining breast health involves routine care from a trusted provider — including having regular exams that can indicate changes or concerns and, sometimes, diagnostic screening tests, such as a breast biopsy. A breast biopsy is a crucial diagnostic tool that our breast cancer surgeons in NJ use to assess any unusual symptoms or issues patients experience. While hearing you need a breast biopsy may feel alarming, understanding its purpose and what to expect can help ease anxiety. This guide will… Read More
February 27, 2024
Understanding Breast Lumps: Types and Sensations Explained
Breast health is crucial to overall well-being, and understanding breast lumps is paramount in maintaining optimal health and wellness. While discovering a breast lump can cause feelings of concern and uncertainty, lumps can occur for various reasons, and often, they turn out to be benign. Knowing what to look for and what to expect for both benign and malignant lumps can provide assurance and assist your doctor in diagnosing. Let's explore the types and sensations of breast lumps, delve into… Read More
February 6, 2024
Navigating Life After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. With many new medical terms, tests to undergo, and treatment decisions to make with your doctors, it's normal to feel confused about what happens after a breast cancer diagnosis. This blog aims to help provide some guidance on several key aspects of navigating this difficult journey. While a breast cancer diagnosis presents many challenges, arming yourself with information on what to expect in the coming days and months can help you feel… Read More
January 23, 2024
Post-Mastectomy Care: The Essentials of Breast Cancer Screening
Regular breast cancer screening is vital for all women, including those who have undergone a mastectomy from breast cancer. Common screening tests like mammograms, MRI scans, and ultrasound imaging allow early detection of tumors and early intervention. Mastectomy patients require specialized screenings compared to those who have not had a mastectomy because standard mammograms image breast tissue that is no longer present. All women should follow their doctor’s advice on recommended screenings, and mastectomy patients may need more frequent testing… Read More
January 10, 2024
Treatment Options for Male Breast Cancer
Understanding and Treating Breast Cancer in Men: A Comprehensive Guide While breast cancer most commonly affects women, it can also occur in men, with male breast cancer accounting for 1 out of every 100 cases. Breast cancer in men, while rare, requires specialized understanding and treatment. Our NJ reconstructive surgeons explore the options for men battling this disease. (more…) Read More
October 12, 2023
Beyond Diagnosis: What Your Pathology Report Means for Your Future
After receiving a biopsy on a breast tumor, you typically receive a pathology report, which describes and diagnoses the tissue taken from your body to determine if it’s cancerous or not. It can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks from the time of your biopsy to complete the diagnostic tests required to create the final pathology report. A trained pathologist will write the report, as they have the specific qualifications to identify diseases within tissues. If cancer… Read More
October 3, 2023
Navigating Breast Pain: Causes, Relief, and When to Seek Medical Attention
When you experience breast pain, your first instinct may be to wonder if it’s related to breast cancer or another serious underlying condition. However, breast pain is typically related to hormonal fluctuations or other benign causes that sometimes may not be related to breast cancer. Empower yourself to make informed decisions about your health by learning about the common causes of breast pain, how to get relief, and when to seek medical attention. (more…) Read More
September 19, 2023
Decoding Genetic Predisposition: Understanding BRCA Gene Mutations
Decoding Genetic Predisposition: Understanding BRCA Gene Mutations Unraveling BRCA Gene Mutations and Breast Cancer Risk BRCA gene mutations, specifically the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, are associated with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. These genes normally play a crucial role in repairing damaged DNA. When mutations occur, their ability to repair DNA damage becomes compromised, which can lead to the unchecked growth of abnormal cells, ultimately increasing the likelihood of cancer development. An estimated 45% to 72% of women who… Read More