Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a life changing experience. Among
the many decisions you will be making regarding your cancer treatment,
is your choice regarding the best surgical treatment option. The role
of surgery in breast cancer treatment is to treat the tumor in the breast,
as well as determine if the cancer has spread to the nodes under the arm
(axilla). Together, you and your physicians will decide what is best for
your individual circumstances.
Your doctor determines your breast cancer treatment options based on a
number of factors including:
- The type of tumor
- The size of the tumor as determined by physical exam and imaging (mammogram,
- The molecular features of the tumor (estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor,
- Your overall health
- Your own personal preferences
Breast cancer surgery does not have to be disfiguring or deforming. Advances
in surgical techniques for breast cancer have allowed women to complete
their cancer treatment without sacrificing their body image or self-esteem.
Balancing your cancer treatment with the cosmetic outcome can be an important
consideration when determining the best choice for you. You can
learn more about breast conserving surgery or
total mastectomy today.