Breast cancer surgery is intended to remove cancerous cells from your breast. A treatment to install breast implants or reconstruct a breast from your own tissue (flap surgery) may be done at the same time or at a later date for people who want breast reconstruction.
The majority of stages of breast cancer are treated with surgery, including:
- A high risk of breast cancer. People who have a high risk of breast cancer due to a strong family history of the disease, certain noncancerous breast biopsy results, or a gene mutation may choose to undergo a preventative (prophylactic) mastectomy with or without rapid breast reconstruction.
- Non-invasive breast cancer that is If you have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), you can have a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy, or you can have a mastectomy with or without reconstruction.
- Breast cancer in its early stages. Small breast cancers are usually treated with a lumpectomy or mastectomy, with or without reconstruction of the breast, followed by radiation and, in rare cases, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or targeted therapy.
- Breast cancers that are larger. Larger cancers may be treated by mastectomy, though chemotherapy, hormone treatment, or targeted therapy may be utilized beforehand to allow a lumpectomy to be performed. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or targeted therapy may be suggested in addition to standard care.
- Breast cancer that has progressed locally. Chemotherapy, hormone treatment, or targeted therapy are frequently used to reduce tumors that have spread to numerous lymph nodes and make surgery more successful. Mastectomy or lumpectomy, followed by radiation therapy, may be used to eliminate these malignancies.
- Breast cancer that recurs. Additional surgery may be required to remove breast cancer that has returned after first treatment. It’s possible that other therapies will be suggested.
Note: * The information on this website is not meant to be used to diagnose health conditions or to replace legitimate medical advice.
Dr. Toufic Ata
Consultant Laparoscopic Bariatric and General Surgery