BREAST CANCER SURGERY
Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer can be very scary for both the patient and their loved ones. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available, including breast sparing surgery.
WHAT IS BREAST SPARING SURGERY?
Breast sparing surgery describes any procedure that removes cancerous tumors and cells while leaving the majority of the breast tissue intact. This includes a lumpectomy, a common type of breast surgery for patients with stage I or II breast cancer. Stage I or II breast cancer is considered “early-stage breast cancer” and describes cancers that may have spread to nearby lymph nodes but not to distant parts of the body. In most cases, breast cancer does not reappear in distant parts of the body after being successfully removed from the breast tissue.
During a lumpectomy, the tumor and some surrounding normal tissue are removed. In addition, the surgeon may remove lymph nodes under the arm removed during the initial surgery or at a later time to determine if the cancer has spread. In many cases, this surgery leaves the breast looking very much the same as it did before surgery.
A one to two day hospital stay may be required after breast sparing surgery. In addition, radiation may also be recommended. Additional treatment options can vary depending on the results of testing done on tissue samples removed during the breast surgery.
WHO SHOULD HAVE BREAST SPARING SURGERY?
Breast sparing surgery is just one option available for treating breast cancer. The patient, the oncologist and the surgeon often make the decision about specific treatment options together, with the patient having the final say about surgery.
Breast sparing surgery may be recommended for patients with early-stage breast cancer who have not had radiation in the past. Other breast surgery options include partial, total or radical mastectomies. These surgeries remove significantly more breast tissue after which reconstructive surgery may be performed. Current cancer stage, family history and the patient’s comfort level can play a role in determining which breast surgery is most appropriate.
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