Is surgery the best option for Triple Negative Breast Cancer?
By: Dr. Thomas Incledon
I always hear about women diagnosed with breast cancer opting for a mastectomy right away. Is surgery the best option for Triple Negative Breast Cancer?
Surgical treatment, including mastectomy (removing the breasts) and/or oophorectomy (removing the ovaries), is a common first step following a breast cancer diagnosis. In the standard of care protocol, this is often followed by a combination of chemotherapy and/or radiation. However, Dr. Tom Incledon, Founder & CEO of Causenta, says that surgery is not always the only or best solution for patients with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
“You cannot remove cancer cells from the blood during surgery,” explains Incledon. “So, even after these drastic and invasive surgeries, cancer can continue to develop.” Another concern with thinking of surgery as a cure is that following surgery, many women have to take medication for the rest of their lives. So, while the cancer may be gone, they end up with a consequence of which they were unaware and uncomfortable. Incledon urges women to ask questions before deciding on surgery so that they understand the full picture for their case and individual long-term health, including, but not only regarding their cancer.
Patients will often come for their initial visit to Causenta with certain treatment decisions already in their mind. Incledon often asks these patients: How did you create a strategy for your care when we don’t know about your body yet? For the team at Causenta, the goal is to kill cancer and remove all cancer cells from the body. “Because everyone is different, a regimen you read about online may be better or worse for you than what you’ve read,” explains Incledon. “You need to use objective data to be accountable and make responsible decisions for your health.”
He also stresses the importance of women being aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and having regular check-ups. “Women need to proactively assess what is going on with their breasts so they can detect Triple Negative Breast Cancer early,” says Incledon. “When found at Stage 1, breast cancer is very treatable to where it becomes just a memory in your life.” However, when breast cancer is not discovered until Stage 4, the long-term prognosis goes down substantially.
A lump or mass in the breast, breast pain or tenderness, or a nipple that turns inward or has discharge are the most common signs of all types of breast cancer, including Triple Negative.
So, if surgery is not the best option, what is available?
At Causenta, treatment alternatives are specific to each patient and look at more than the cancer. “When we do a work up on a patient, we look at other factors,” says Incledon. “For instance, does the patient have coagulation or blood clotting issues? Are there inflammatory issues or CRP markers that are elevated?”. Whatever the care team finds, they address through exercise and nutrition and follow the patient to see if these factors improve. They may also use natural substances or medication to reduce glucose levels in the blood for women who have challenges managing sugar in the blood with diet and exercise alone.
Causenta’s healthcare providers know that when you are fighting cancer, you must look at the uniqueness of each situation and utilize the tools that will best fit each patient. “We want to partner with our patients to fight cancer and help patients feels comfortable with their treatment path,” says Incledon. At Causenta, they create some alternative medical options without a full chemotherapy regimen for patients who are concerned about side effects. They test along the way and adjust as necessary to shrink tumors and cancer. “At the end of the day, we want results for our patients,” says Incledon.
To understand more about personalized treatment options for Triple Negative Breast Cancer with Causenta, schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation.
About the Author
Dr. Thomas is the founder and CEO of Causenta Wellness, and the Causenta Cancer Treatment Center in Arizona. From working with NFL, MLB, MMA, World Class athletes and even the White House, his reputation of personalized medicine and cutting-edge technologies has put him on the map, caring for some of the most powerful people in the world, making him one of the most sought-after healthcare professionals of all time.