In the U.S., breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. As surgery is a treatment method for all stages of breast cancer, it is an aspect of treatment that most women with this illness undergo.
There are two main surgical procedures used to remove breast cancer:
Mastectomy: This surgery involves removing all of the breast tissue, possibly even the surrounding tissue. This can be performed on one breast and in some cases, can be performed on both, called a double mastectomy.
Lumpectomy: This surgery targets only the part of the breast where the cancer is located. The cancer and some surrounding tissue are removed, but some of the breast tissue remains. For some women with early-stage cancer, this surgery allows them to keep most of their breast, though in many cases women who choose this route require radiation as well.
In both surgeries, lymph nodes may also be removed to assess the stage of the cancer. If a patient chooses to have breast reconstruction, this process is often begun at the same time as the mastectomy and will, most likely, require spending a night at the hospital. Other mastectomy and lumpectomy patients will, in many cases, be discharged the day of surgery. Patients will be instructed as to how to care for incisions and drains and other issues they may face. They can immediately resume a normal diet and shower the day after surgery.
Conditions that may require breast surgery:
- Breast cancer
- Benign breast lump
- Atypical ductal hyperplasia
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Phyllodes tumor
- Sclerosing adenosis
At Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology, we treat the entire spectrum of cancers and cancer related disorders. Our experienced team of caring health professionals offer advanced surgical treatment options. Dealing with cancer can be difficult, but at Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology we are here for you every step of the way.