Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women and affects one in every eight women in the United States. If a diagnosis of breast cancer has been made, your doctor can recommend which type of surgery is best for your individual case and discuss all options with you.
A mastectomy is a procedure to remove the breast in patients with breast cancer. This is one of the most commonly used treatment options for breast cancer, as it effectively removes all traces of cancer and reduces a patient’s risk of recurrence. Also known as breast-conserving or breast-sparing surgery, lumpectomy is a surgical procedure that removes cancerous or abnormal breast tissue. While mastectomy removes the entire breast, lumpectomy only removes a portion of the breast, keeping its overall appearance intact. Breast reconstruction is a procedure performed after a mastectomy to offer patients psychological and aesthetic benefits when recovering from breast cancer.