The Latest in Breast Conserving Surgery
It is normal to feel a variety of emotions throughout your breast cancer journey and wonder what will happen after treatment. Learning about your treatment options and playing an active role in the decision-making process with your doctor will help you feel more in control of your breast cancer journey. Read on to learn more about breast conserving surgery, which is a safe and minimally invasive treatment option for those who qualify.
What is traditional Breast Conserving Surgery?
Breast conserving surgery, also known as a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, removes the cancer while preserving much of your breast tissue.1 Your doctor may also remove a small margin of healthy tissue and possibly lymph nodes to help ensure cancer cells are not missed.1
Why Should I Consider Breast Conserving Surgery?
A lumpectomy can preserve more of your breast’s natural appearance and sensation than a mastectomy. The procedure is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time compared to a mastectomy, meaning you can get back to your life faster.2 It is also a safe and effective procedure.3 The survival rate for patients who received a lumpectomy followed by radiation is 97%.3
Reconstructive Lumpectomy™ Breast Cancer Surgery
Some women who undergo a traditional lumpectomy report that their scars or misshaped breasts serve as a daily reminder of their cancer journey while others wear their scars proudly.4 That’s why it’s important to know that there are options to either combine a lumpectomy and reconstructive in one surgery or address any asymmetry or cosmetic imperfections at a later date with a second procedure. That is a personal decision that can only be made by you.
An alternative option is Reconstructive Lumpectomy™ surgery, which uniquely combines a lumpectomy with the cosmetic benefits of plastic surgery into the same procedure using Hologic’s products. Your surgeon will consider scar and tissue placement to minimize any scarring after the procedure. The goal of the procedure is to preserve the natural appearance of your breast while removing the cancerous cells.
There are many options available and you have the power to choose the path that is right for you. You’re encouraged to talk to your doctor and learn all the options available to you so you can feel confident in your decision. In the end, it’s your breast cancer journey. Visit Shapeherfuture.com to learn more and access additional resources.
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1 Breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy): BCS breast surgery. American Cancer Society. (n.d.). Retrieved December 13, 2021, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/treatment/surgery-for-breast-cancer/breast-conserving-surgery-lumpectomy.html.
2 Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy. Breastcancer.org. (2021, August 12). Retrieved December 13, 2021, from https://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/surgery/mast_vs_lump.
3 Shailesh Agarwal, M. D. (2014, March 1). Breast Conservation Therapy vs Mastectomy. JAMA Surgery. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/1813803
4 Oncoplastic lumpectomy: Reconstruction With Breast Conservation Surgery. Breastcancer.org. (2021, June 17). Retrieved December 13, 2021, from https://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/surgery/reconstruction/types/oncoplastic-lumpectomy.
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