Breast cancer is most commonly found in women and may lead to surgery to remove a breast tumor.
Options for this include breast-conserving surgery and mastectomy (breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as surgery or later on).
Surgery is also used to check the lymph nodes under the arm for cancer that may have spread.
- Options for this include a sentinel lymph node biopsy and an axillary (armpit) lymph node dissection.
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As a partner of Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care in Williamsville, you may find more information in detail about breast cancer services and ancillary services on the Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care website.
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Surgery for breast cancer
Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery. Surgery is often needed to remove a breast tumor. Options for this include breast-conserving surgery and mastectomy. Breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as surgery or later on.
Surgery is also used to check the lymph nodes under the arm for cancer spread. Options for this include a sentinel lymph node biopsy and an axillary (armpit) lymph node dissection.
Removes only the breast lump and a surrounding margin of normal tissue. Radiation therapy is usually given after a lumpectomy. If adjuvant chemotherapy is to be given as well, radiation is usually delayed until the chemotherapy is completed.
Quadrantectomy – removes more breast tissue than a lumpectomy. For a quadrantectomy, one-quarter of the breast is removed. Radiation therapy is usually given after surgery. Again, this may be delayed if chemotherapy is to be given as well.
Mastectomy – Surgery to remove the whole breast. Some of the lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed. Also called simple mastectomy.
Radical Mastectomy – Surgery for breast cancer in which the breast, chest muscles, and all of the lymph nodes under the arm are removed. For many years, this was the breast cancer operation used most often, but it is used rarely now. Doctors consider radical mastectomy only when the tumor has spread to the chest muscles.
Seroma – A mass or lump caused by a buildup of clear fluid in a tissue, organ, or body cavity. It usually goes away on its own but may need to be drained with a needle. It often occurs after breast surgery.
Preventative Mastectomy – Surgery to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by removing one or both breasts before disease develops. Also called prophylactic mastectomy.
For most women with stage I or II breast cancer, breast-conserving surgery (BCS) plus radiation therapy is as effective as mastectomy. Survival rates of women treated with these 2 approaches are the same.