Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast Cancer surgery is patient specific and individualized for the type/stage of the cancer. Breast Cancer surgery must be thoroughly discussed among the patient and the physician to determine the best outcome for the patient. The type of surgery is dependent upon what the surgeon recommends, but ultimately it is the patient’s choice. Today, breast conservation using lumpectomy (also called partial mastectomy, quadrantectomy or tylectomy) with or without radiation therapy is recommended in most cases.

Occasionally, in more advanced breast cancer, recurrent breast cancer or in individuals with genetic breast cancer mastectomy is required. Fortunately, this can be accompanied by breast reconstruction if desired but the timing of the reconstruction depends on what other cancer therapy the patient will require.

For more information visit The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute.