What is breast cancer surgery?
Breast cancer surgery refers to surgical procedures performed to treat breast cancer. The goal of breast cancer surgery is to remove cancerous tissue from the breast, as well as nearby lymph nodes if necessary. The specific type of surgery depends on the stage of cancer, the size and location of the tumor, and other individual factors.
Who needs breast cancer surgery?
Breast cancer surgery is typically recommended for individuals with a diagnosis of breast cancer. The decision to undergo surgery is made based on various factors, including the type and stage of cancer, the presence of tumor markers, the overall health of the patient, and their personal preferences. The surgical approach may vary for each individual depending on the specific characteristics of the cancer.
At which stage of cancer can you get breast cancer surgery?
Breast cancer surgery can be performed at different stages of cancer. It may be used as the primary treatment for early-stage breast cancer, and it can also be a part of the treatment plan for more advanced stages in combination with other treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
What types of breast cancer surgery are there?
There are several types of breast cancer surgery, including:
Lumpectomy or breast-conserving surgery: This involves removing the tumor and a small margin of healthy tissue around it while preserving the breast. It is typically performed for early-stage breast cancer.
Mastectomy: This involves the complete removal of the breast tissue. There are different types of mastectomy, including total mastectomy (removal of the entire breast), modified radical mastectomy (removal of the breast tissue and some lymph nodes), and radical mastectomy (removal of the breast tissue, chest muscles, and lymph nodes).
Sentinel lymph node biopsy: This procedure involves the removal and examination of the first few lymph nodes where cancer cells are most likely to spread.
Axillary lymph node dissection: This surgery involves the removal of a greater number of lymph nodes from the armpit area if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.
What is recovery like after breast cancer surgery?
Recovery after breast cancer surgery varies depending on the extent of the surgery and individual factors. It may take several weeks to months for the incisions to heal, and some discomfort or pain may be experienced during this time. Rehabilitation exercises and physical therapy may be recommended to regain strength and mobility in the affected area. Emotional support and counselling are also essential components of the recovery process. The healthcare team will provide guidance on post-surgery care, follow-up appointments, and any additional treatments that may be required, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
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