Studies have shown that women with early-stage breast cancer who have tumor removal (lumpectomy) followed by radiation, live just as long as women who have a breast removed (mastectomy). Consequently, many women prefer breast-conserving therapy (BCT) that avoids mastectomy. The surgeon and radiation oncologist can discuss the most appropriate treatment options, based on individual circumstances.
Pathologists examine the lump that was removed to determine if cancerous cells are at or near the margin. If so, a second operation, called a re-excision, may be necessary to remove the tumor. In rare instances, removal of the cancerous tumor margins may require a mastectomy.
The underarm lymph nodes are often sampled in patients with invasive breast cancer. Again, a second sampling might be required.
As key members of Beaumont's multidisciplinary cancer team, surgeons work closely with other specialists to plan and provide the most effective treatment strategy for each patient. Our minimally invasive options maximize patient comfort and permit quicker recovery times than traditional surgery, without compromising efficacy.