Breast-Conserving Surgery

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery, often to remove a breast tumor. Breast-conserving surgery removes the cancer and surrounding tissue. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this procedure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Breast-conserving surgery is a treatment for breast cancer. Lumpectomy is considered a breast-conserving surgery because only the lump and part of the breast tissue around the lump are removed. Another surgery for breast cancer is called mastectomy. Mastectomy removes most, or all, of the breast. Mastectomy is not a breast-conserving surgery.

If a lump is discovered in your breast, your doctor will do a biopsy to see if the lump is cancer. During a biopsy, your doctor removes a tiny bit of tissue from the lump with a needle and looks at it under a microscope. If the lump is small and cannot be felt, your doctor may use a mammogram or ultrasound scan to find the lump and insert the needle.

Women who have a lumpectomy usually have radiation treatment, too. The lymph nodes under the arm are usually checked to see if the cancer has spread.

Some women cannot have breast-conserving surgery and instead have a mastectomy. After a mastectomy, the breast can be reconstructed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.