After being diagnosed with breast cancer, surgery is often part of the initial treatment plan. Dr. Martinez is an experienced surgeon who provides several surgical treatment options to remove tumors and prevent cancer from returning.
A lumpectomy or breast-conserving surgery, removes the tumor and some of the surrounding tissues that may contain cancer cells. The amount of breast tissues removed will depend on the size and location of the tumor. Lumpectomies are often followed by a course of radiation and/or chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer cells and prevent the tumor from recurring. Re-excision may be needed if the tumor is not fully removed during the initial surgery. The side effects of breast surgery include pain, swelling, and tenderness. The procedure may cause your breasts to appear uneven, so reconstructive surgery may also be something for patients to consider.
A mastectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the entire breast. By removing the entire breast (and sometimes the lymph nodes), the procedure ensures that all of the cancer cells in the area are removed. Mastectomies are often recommended for women who cannot undergo radiation therapy or who have a high risk of cancer recurrence. Sometimes both breasts will be removed with a double mastectomy. Dr. Martinez can help you determine the surgical option that is best for you. Reconstructive surgery is also available to help patients regain their self-confidence after undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Radiation therapy is a common follow-up treatment for patients who undergo a lumpectomy. Partial breast irradiation focuses specifically on the area where the tumor was removed from. Since the radiation is targeted, partial breast irradiation causes less damage to other normal, healthy tissues and organs in the area and reduces treatment times.
Lumpectomies and mastectomies can affect the symmetry and appearance of your breasts. Many patients consider breast reconstruction surgery to restore their self-confidence after undergoing cancer treatments. Depending on the patient’s condition and desires, some reconstruction procedures can even be started during the initial breast surgery. However, many patients wait until they have recovered from cancer treatments to undergo breast reconstructive surgery.
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