New Breast Cancer Surgery Techniques
Oncoplastic surgery is a relatively new practice of breast cancer surgery, combining oncology principles with plastic surgery techniques. Based on the stage of their cancer, women with breast cancer usually must choose between a mastectomy (removal of the entire breast) and lumpectomy (removal of just the tumor from the breast). With mastectomy, a woman can have reconstructive breast surgery. With the breast conserving lumpectomy, a woman is often left with an unsightly scar and depressed breast cavity. Oncoplasty breast surgery involves completely removing the tumor but also gently reshaping the breast with the remaining tissue so that women have the best possible cosmetic outcome from their initial breast cancer surgery.