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Dr. Jovita Un Oruwari, MD

Surgical Oncologist

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26 years Experience
Dr. Jovita Un Oruwari, MD
  • Ballwin, MO
  • Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch- Newark Nj
  • Accepting new patients

Can cancer come back after surgery?

Yes, cancer can return after surgery because it is possible to have microscopic cells left behind. But if you are feeling a lump soon after surgery, it may just be scar tissue. READ MORE
Yes, cancer can return after surgery because it is possible to have microscopic cells left behind. But if you are feeling a lump soon after surgery, it may just be scar tissue. You must follow up with your doctors to evaluate you.

How should I prepare for my lumpectomy?

It is typically an outpatient surgery. About 30-40 minutes. Small incision with dissolvable sutures. Take it easy at home. Can shower and wear bra next day- make sure it’s okay READ MORE
It is typically an outpatient surgery. About 30-40 minutes. Small incision with dissolvable sutures. Take it easy at home. Can shower and wear bra next day- make sure it’s okay with you’d surgeon. There will be some discomfort and most surgeons will put you on a narcotic for pain. No prep before hand. Just nothing to eat or drink from midnight the night before. If you take blood pressure or diabetes medications ask your doctor how you should take it before surgery.

How long is the recovery for breast reconstruction surgery?

Recovery is 4-6 weeks. In that time, she should be able to be up and walking around. She should avoid any lifting or overuse of her arms. There will be some pain or discomfort. READ MORE
Recovery is 4-6 weeks. In that time, she should be able to be up and walking around. She should avoid any lifting or overuse of her arms. There will be some pain or discomfort. Her surgeon will give her a prescription for pain medicine.

Is a biopsy done through radiology?

There are 2 types of biopsy- needle and surgical. The needle biopsy takes a small piece of the lump to test it and a surgical biopsy removes a bigger piece or the whole mass. A READ MORE
There are 2 types of biopsy- needle and surgical.
The needle biopsy takes a small piece of the lump to test it and a surgical biopsy removes a bigger piece or the whole mass.
A needle biopsy can be done in the office without radiology if the doctor can feel the lump. It is done by radiology using ultrasound, mammogram, MRI, cat scan if the doctor cannot feel the lump.
A surgical biopsy is done in the operating room by a surgeon.

My son is so small! Will general anesthesia hurt him?

The anesthesiologists dose people based on their weight. So it is very safe.

How does radiation therapy work on cancer?

Sorry about your son’s diagnosis. Radiation is often used first for some cancers to shrink the tumor. It works by using X-ray beams to kill cancer cells. Once radiation is done, READ MORE
Sorry about your son’s diagnosis.
Radiation is often used first for some cancers to shrink the tumor. It works by using X-ray beams to kill cancer cells. Once radiation is done, surgery may be needed to remove residual tissue that may still contain cancer cells.
I can’t comment on the safety of removal as I am not your sons treating physician. They should be able to answer that for you. But if the tumor is in a place that is accessible, then it should be okay.
They will go over risks and possible complications with you prior to surgery.
I wish your son the best.

My husband had to have surgery for his tumor. Is it likely that all the cancer is gone?

The surgery will remove the tumor or cancerous mass. It is impossible to know that all the cells are gone. Sometimes depending on the cancer type and pathology we need to add radiation READ MORE
The surgery will remove the tumor or cancerous mass. It is impossible to know that all the cells are gone. Sometimes depending on the cancer type and pathology we need to add radiation and/or chemo to get the cells we can’t see.

Will removal of a cancerous tumor cause cancer cells to spread?

Sorry to hear about your abdominal tumor. Surgery to remove a cancerous tumor will not cause it to spread otherwise we would not recommend surgery to you. The goal of all doctors READ MORE
Sorry to hear about your abdominal tumor. Surgery to remove a cancerous tumor will not cause it to spread otherwise we would not recommend surgery to you. The goal of all doctors is to do no harm to the patient. Good luck with your surgery.

How to get rid of fluid in the lungs?

Yes, fluid can be removed from the lungs with a needle. It is a common procedure and relatively safe. It would make her more comfortable as she’ll breathe better.

My husband has a cancerous tumor. Would all the cancer be gone once it's removed?

Surgery will remove the cancerous mass that the surgeon can see or feel. What we can’t guarantee is removal of cancer cells that we can’t see. A lot of times after surgery, radiation READ MORE
Surgery will remove the cancerous mass that the surgeon can see or feel. What we can’t guarantee is removal of cancer cells that we can’t see. A lot of times after surgery, radiation or chemotherapy is added for that reason.

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Can cancer cells be removed surgically?

Yes, cancer cells can be removed surgically. But this depends on two things: 1- Have we verified that the cancer cells are present with imaging and pathology? 2- Is it in a READ MORE
Yes, cancer cells can be removed surgically. But this depends on two things:

1- Have we verified that the cancer cells are present with imaging and pathology?
2- Is it in a part of the body where we can get to surgically?


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Can cancer cells be removed surgically?

Yes, cancer cells can be removed surgically. But this depends on two things: 1- Have we verified that the cancer cells are present with imaging and pathology? 2- Is it in a READ MORE
Yes, cancer cells can be removed surgically. But this depends on two things:

1- Have we verified that the cancer cells are present with imaging and pathology?
2- Is it in a part of the body where we can get to surgically?

Surgical oncologist for a third opinion?

There are 3 types of oncologists involved in breast cancer treatment. The surgical oncologist who does the surgery. The radiation oncologist for radiation and the medical oncologist READ MORE
There are 3 types of oncologists involved in breast cancer treatment. The surgical oncologist who does the surgery. The radiation oncologist for radiation and the medical oncologist for chemotherapy if needed. Any of them can discuss the cancer and treatment options although it is best to start with the surgeon. The surgeon will then send them to the other oncologists for further treatment. You should get as many opinions as you feel you need and as long as your insurance allows it. Note though that they will all probably give you the same recommendations