Surgery For Breast Cancer
Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery to remove the tumor in the breast.
There are two types of surgery in general use with respect to the breast:
- Breast-conserving surgery which, as the name implies, preserves the breast.
- Mastectomy which removes the breast. If there is a mastectomy, the breast can be reconstructed. Breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy or it can be performed later on.
Surgery is also used to check the lymph nodes under the arm for cancer spread. The two options for this type of surgery are:
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Axillary (armpit) lymph node dissection
For additional information, see:
- Questions to ask:
- What To Expect With Surgery
- Breast Conserving Surgery
- Choosing Between Lumpectomy and Mastectomy
- Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
- Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
- Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Preparation For Breast Surgery
- Paying For Breast Surgery
- How To Maximize Use Of Your Health Insurance Policy
- How To Qualify For Medicaid
- Uninsured (how to obtain surgery despite being uninsured)
- How To Deal With A Financial Crunch Or Crisis