Breast Cancer Surgery – The Basics

The breast cancer surgery is done to make sure that the cancerous tissue is removed and make certain that the breast is saved by removing the malignant tissue. The aim is to eliminate the unwanted growth of the tumor while it’s localized that means that the tumor has not spread itself through the breast.

As far as types of breast cancer surgery goes there are several types of breast surgery and the doctor in consultation with you will decide the best surgery possible. Mostly the decision to go with one type of surgery versus the other is taken due to the medical needs. There are various things that decide what operation is the best strategy like the size of the tumor, the location of the tumor and the type of breast cancer surgery (also known as ‘chirurgie cancer du sein‘ in the French language).


In most ideal case the surgeon will suggest the lumpectomy, meaning that the cancerous tissue is removed along with the surrounding normal tissue to block the growth of the tissue in its tracks.

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Then there is partial mastectomy whereby a larger portion of the breast tissue is removed along with the surrounding normal tissue. The third type is the mastectomy in which the whole breast is removed. This is done to prevent cancer from spreading to the lymph nodes. Sometimes the breast along with the lymph nodes are removed and this is known as modified radial mastectomy.

In all the cases there is follow up radiation therapy to treat the removing breast tissue and also there is post recuperative recovery interval stay ion the hospital for a certain period of time. That time period is two or three days in case of complete mastectomies.