About 1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. The good news is that breast cancer is treatable and often curable. Currently, 2.9 million women in the US are breast cancer survivors. There are different types of treatments and surgeries that are offered, and choices are based on factors such as age, condition of the tumor, health history, and patient preferences. A total mastectomy is a surgery that removes the entire breast, and at times this can help save a cancer patient's life. Total mastectomy may include skin-sparing or nipple-sparing options, depending on your specific circumstances. Immediate breast reconstruction may also be done at the time of surgery.
In most cases of breast cancer, it is not necessary to remove the breast. A partial mastectomy ("lumpectomy") is for women in Stage I or Stage II breast cancer. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the cancerous material of the breast, and oncoplastic surgery is often performed during the same surgery, to conserve the affected breast and shape both breasts to look natural again.
Here at TOA Surgical Specialists, we and our multidisciplinary team will work with you to ensure that you get the best treatment for your individual needs. We are here to help you beat your breast cancer. To find out more about breast surgery and how TOA Surgical Specialists can help you, please contact our office.
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