Breast Cancer Surgery

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Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast Cancer Surgery is a surgical procedure performed to remove cancerous tumours and surrounding tissue from the breast. It is a key component of treatment for breast cancer and may involve various surgical techniques depending on the size and location of the tumour, as well as the stage of cancer.

When and why do people go for Breast Cancer Surgery?

People undergo breast cancer surgery when they are diagnosed with breast cancer or have a high risk of developing the disease. Surgery is typically recommended as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to remove cancerous tissue from the breast and, in some cases, to assess the extent of the cancer and determine the stage of the disease. Breast cancer surgery aims to remove the tumour, reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, and improve long-term outcomes for patients.

What makes Breast Cancer Surgery different from other treatment options?

Breast cancer surgery differs from other treatment options, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy, in that it directly targets and removes cancerous tissue from the breast. While other treatments may be used before or after surgery to shrink tumours, destroy remaining cancer cells, or reduce the risk of recurrence, surgery remains the primary method for physically removing cancer from the body. Breast cancer surgery can be performed using different techniques, including lumpectomy (partial mastectomy), mastectomy (complete removal of the breast), or lymph node removal (sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary lymph node dissection), depending on the individual's specific circumstances and treatment goals.

How does life change after Breast Cancer Surgery?

Life after breast cancer surgery can vary depending on the type of surgery performed, the stage of the cancer, and the individual's overall health and well-being. Many women find relief from the removal of cancerous tissue and a reduced risk of cancer recurrence. Some common changes after breast cancer surgery include temporary discomfort, swelling, or numbness in the breast area, as well as changes in body image and self-esteem. However, with time and appropriate support, many women adapt to these changes and resume their normal activities, focusing on survivorship and maintaining overall health and well-being.

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