Surgery for breast cancer
Surgery is the primary form of treatment for breast cancer. Virtually all
patients will need to have the cancer surgically removed at some point
during their treatment. Surgery may be done for several reasons and depends
on the situation. Hoag Breast Program performs several types of surgeries,
Lumpectomy, or breast-conserving surgery, is the surgical removal of the part of
the breast containing the cancer as well as some surrounding healthy tissue.
This procedure is often performed on patients with early stage breast
cancer, whose tumor is small or localized.
Mastectomy is the surgical removal of the entire breast, including the tumor and
all or most of the surrounding breast tissue. Hoag also offers skin and
nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Mastectomy may
be more suitable for women who have larger tumors relative to breast size
or when there are multiple tumor sites within the breast. Mastectomy is
also a consideration for women with genetic mutations of the BRCA1 or
BRCA2 genes, for treatment and/or prevention of breast cancer.
Oncoplastic Surgery combines oncologic and plastic surgical techniques in the same procedure
to simultaneously remove the tumor and restructure the breast(s). Hoag’s
expert team of surgeons go beyond the traditional notion of oncoplastic
surgery using specialized surgical techniques to provide superior clinical
treatment and cosmetic outcomes.
It is recommended to schedule a consultation with a breast surgeon to discuss
what surgical option is best for you given your diagnosis and desired outcomes.