Many patients with breast cancer will need some type of surgery based on breast cancer type and medical history. Swedish Medical Center provides surgical treatment options to remove as much breast cancer as possible, see if your cancer has spread, relieve symptoms of advanced cancer, and restore breast shape after cancer has been removed. We will help you know all your options so you and your surgeon can make the right choice for you.
A lumpectomy, or breast-conserving surgery, is a treatment option where only the part of the breast containing cancer is removed. This technique involves surgically removing as much cancerous breast tissue as possible while sparing surrounding healthy breast and nipple tissue. The size and location of your tumor will determine how much breast tissue needs to be removed.
Lymph Node Removal
Surgically removing a lymph node helps your doctor determine the extent of your cancer diagnosis. Lymph node removal for examination by a pathologist may occur during a lumpectomy or mastectomy, or as a separate operation.
A mastectomy is the surgical removal of an entire breast or both breasts. The majority of women will not require this more invasive treatment option. Your surgeon works closely with you to determine the appropriateness of mastectomy according to your particular cancer type, stage, genetic risk and personal wishes.
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Reconstruction helps restore the shape of your breasts following a mastectomy, or sometimes lumpectomy. Reconstruction may take place immediately following your surgery or months to years later. Not all women opt for reconstruction. Talk to your surgeon about reconstructive surgery before your mastectomy or lumpectomy to determine the treatment plan that’s right for you.
Swedish offers rehabilitation services for breast cancer surgery patients, provided through our out-patient partner Oncology Rehab. Breast cancer rehabilitation focuses on specialized treatment protocols for patients post mastectomy, post lumpectomy, post reconstructive surgery, and during and following both chemotherapy and radiation.