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Women need to know their surgical & future family planning options when diagnosed

Tampa, Fla. (October 15, 2008) /PRNewswire/ — With more than 180,000 women estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, Moffitt Cancer Center is doing its part to fight this disease by launching an awareness and education initiative focused on issues such as future family planning considerations and less invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Catherine Lee, a breast cancer specialist at the Don and Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at Moffitt, offers this advice to women:

  • "Every woman diagnosed with breast cancer should know her options for treatment and recovery. From less invasive surgical procedures such as Sentinel Node Biopsy, to the newest technologies addressing fertility preservation for future family planning, women diagnosed with breast cancer should discuss all their options with their doctor and find what best fits their situation."

Future Family Planning Considerations:

  • As survival rates continue to increase, consider your family plans after treatment.
  • Certain treatment options may diminish a woman's level of fertility.
  • Technologies now allow patients to preserve eggs for future use.

Less Invasive Surgical Technique: Sentinel Node Biopsy

  • If diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, discuss this surgical option with your physician.
  • Moffitt helped pioneer this minimally invasive technique to better assess the spread of certain types of cancer in patients.
  • This reduces the chance of long-term complications normally associated with more invasive operations such as infection, numbness or swelling of the arm.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Hospitals" for cancer. Moffitt's sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.