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Surgical treatment of breast cancer


Surgical treatment of breast cancer: resources

Surgical treatment of breast cancer          

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       Breast cancer surgery may be in the form of lumpectomy, partial mastectomy, segmental mastectomy, quadrantectomy or mastectomy, This may be associated with axillary lymph node dissection which involves exploration and removal of the lymph nodes in the arm pit for microscopic studies to determine if they are involved with breast cancer cells.

Breast conservation surgery
     Surgical procedures for breast cancer with the idea of preservation of the breast are called breast conservation surgery. This can take several forms, namely lumpectomy, partial mastectomy, segmental mastectomy, quadrantectomy or mastectomy. Click on the links below to learn more about lumpectomy and mastectomy.

  • Breast surgery: Lumpectomy
  • Breast surgery: Mastectomy


  • Axillary node dissection
          The procedure of exploration and removal of the lymph nodes from the armpit for studying under the microscope is known as axillary lymph node dissection. This is undertaken to determine if the breast cancer has spread to your lymph nodes. There are two options for doing axillary lymph node dissection. Click the link below to read more on axillary lymph node dissection.

  • Axillary lymph node dissection

  •   Nodes and breast cancer
          Involvement of the lymph node is the single most important indicator of the severity of your breast cancer and the risk of breast cancer return is related closely to the number of lymph nodes involved. Also the fact if lymph nodes are involved with cancer or not weighs heavily on many treatment decisions. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.

  • Lymph Nodes and breast cancer


  • What to expect
          Prior to surgery you may meet an anesthesiologist, who is a specialist in inducing anesthesia during surgery. Anesthesiologist will evaluate you to see if your body can withstand the stress of anesthesia and surgery. The chosen type of surgery will have influence on the choice of anesthesia, duration of surgical procedure and length of hospital stay. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.

  • What to expect from surgery


  • Reconstructive surgery
          You may have breast reconstruction surgery at the same time as your mastectomy or it can be postponed to a later date. Reconstruction surgery may involve use of implants or tissues from other parts of your body. Breast implants reshapes the breast after mastectomy. There are two available forms of breast implants: silicone and saline. Breast reconstruction preferably be done by a highly trained and board certified plastic surgeon to ensure safety and success of the procedure. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.

  • Breast reconstructive surgery
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