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Can chemo and radiation treat breast cancer?

Dr. Swapna Ghanta
Dr. Swapna Ghanta

Commonly asked questions for a Breast Cancer specialist, Dr. Swapna Ghanta.

Can Breast Cancer Be Treated with just Chemo and Radiation Therapy? Watch this video to find out!

Swapna Ghanta, M.D., is a general surgeon and specializing in breast surgery. She attended the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University. She completed her general surgery residency at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and a research fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York studying lymphatic biology and lymphedema during which time she presented her research at several national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. She also has completed a clinical fellowship in breast surgical oncology at the University of Miami in Florida where she became proficient in advanced breast techniques including partial breast reconstruction, oncoplastic lumpectomies and S-LYMPHA, an innovative procedure which drastically reduces post axillary dissection lymphedema. Dr. Ghanta’s clinical interests are axillary management, lymphedema, high risk patients and the management of locally advanced breast cancer.

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Video Transcript

At the current time, breast cancer cannot be treated with just chemo and radiation alone. Although there are some studies looking at this exact question for certain women that respond really well to chemotherapy. However, many patients can get breast cancer treatment without chemo or radiation. In fact, with specialized studies that were doing on people's tumors now called genomic testing, we found that many patients may not need chemotherapy, which is a great way to treat the cancer without suffering from the collateral damage.

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