Everything You Need to Know About Breast Conserving Surgery
Breast Conserving Surgery
Breast conserving surgery is a surgical procedure to remove the cancer-causing tumor. In this surgery, the tumor is removed from the patient's chest. How the surgery will go and how much damage the breast will be depends entirely on the structure and size of the tumor. Breast conserving surgery has two separate procedures.
Lumpectomy: In this procedure, only the tumor is removed from the patient's chest and the surrounding tissue is not damaged. The surgery can be performed by manual surgery or with the help of a robot. Many patients continue radiotherapy after lumpectomy. Some patients need chemotherapy before radiotherapy.
Quadranectomy: In this procedure, the problematic breast tissue should be removed as well as the tumor. Approximately 1 in 4 of the breast is removed. The removed tissue is checked after the surgery and if there are cancerous cells on the edges, the patient is considered to have a positive margin and may need to be operated a second time. In quadrantectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are continued after the operation. Quadrantectomy is one of the most effective treatments for patients with level one and level two breast cancer.