2008-07-18 11:21:57 GMT 2008-07-18 19:21:57 (Beijing Time) SINA.com
Question: Will I need a blood transfusion and should I donate blood before breast cancer surgery?
Answer: Blood transfusion is only rarely required for most of the procedures that we do for surgery for breast cancer. Certainly, it would be very unusual to require transfusion for a lumpectomy or even a mastectomy. In addition, with the types of reconstruction that involve insertion of a prosthetic implant, again, transfusion would be very unlikely to be necessary.