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Lumpectomy and anesthetic


Re: Lumpectomy and anesthetic

Hi Jac13  

Thanks for your post about your mum who is taking hormone therapy for breast cancer.  

It’s not possible for us to say if your mum could have a local anaesthetic to remove her breast cancer. 

However, her treatment team would be able to discuss if this was an option.    

Your mum would usually have monitoring of her breast cancer to check how effective the hormone therapy is.  Hormone therapy can be an effective treatment for older women. In the future, if her treatment team feel that surgery is necessary they would get an anaesthetic assessment for her to check her fitness for surgery.   

You could contact her breast care nurse to discuss this, if your mum gives permission for you to do so.  

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Lumpectomy and anesthetic

Hi, my mom has ductal  breast cancer stage 1 grade 2  shes taking hormone  therapy tablets and is waiting to see if she can have surgery, as she has unstable angina, shes 87 years old, I have read that you can have a local anesthetic for a lumpectomy if your unable to have general anesthetic, is this correct.