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Breast surgery has changed significantly with recent advances in minimally invasive, breast-saving techniques that heal faster. Women also have more options when choosing how they would like to look afterward with sophisticated reconstructive surgery.
Breast-conserving lumpectomy is a procedure where we remove only the tumor and a small area of normal breast tissue surrounding the cancerous area. Depending on the size and location of the excision, you may choose to combine a lumpectomy with reconstruction to restore your normal breast volume and contour. We usually recommend radiation therapy following a lumpectomy to destroy microscopic deposits of cancer cells that may have been in the breast tissue around the site of the main tumor.
Many women have the option of starting with chemotherapy treatment before surgery. This treatment is also called neoadjuvant therapy. Sometimes women choose this approach because it provides information about how effective the surgery may be for their tumor. More than 80% of our patients have their tumors shrink with chemotherapy, making breast-conserving surgery more likely to be successful. Our surgeons participated in the national studies that have made these options possible today.
Lymph node surgery
If you have an invasive type of breast cancer, your cancer team will most likely test the lymph nodes near the breast to see if cancer has spread there. The procedure we use to evaluate the lymph nodes is called sentinel lymph node biopsy. Our surgeons participate in large national clinical studies that are demonstrating the efficacy and long-term outcomes of this approach. By using the special, sentinel lymph node biopsy technique, our surgeons can remove the affected nodes and safely leave the other healthy lymph nodes alone.
Breast reconstruction surgery
We understand how important a natural-looking, attractive reconstruction can be to restoring your comfort and sense of self after treatment. That’s why our expert breast reconstruction surgeons have developed precise techniques to achieve results that are indistinguishable from elective cosmetic breast surgery. We not only work to restore your original breast size, shape, and beauty—we also have the ability to give you your ideal size and shape. Whether you choose a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or radiation therapy, you can pursue the best treatment option for your diagnosis with confidence and still have the opportunity to define the way you look afterward.
At Stanford, some of the world’s foremost breast cancer surgeons are here to work closely with you to give you the highest level of tailored care. Find leading diagnosis and treatment services in a compassionate, calm environment specially designed for women with breast cancer.
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