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Breast Cancer Surgery: Understanding Your Options

Dealing with breast cancer can be difficult, but understanding your options for surgery can help give you back some control. Learn about the different surgical options and what to consider before making a decision.

Mastectomy vs Lumpectomy: Which is Right for You?


A mastectomy involves the complete removal of the breast tissue. It may be recommended for large tumors or if cancer has spread to other parts of the breast.


A lumpectomy involves the removal of only the cancerous tissue, while leaving the rest of the breast intact. It is generally recommended for small tumors and when cancer hasn't spread to other parts of the breast.


Factors like the size and stage of the cancer, as well as your overall health and personal preferences, will play a role in the decision between a mastectomy and lumpectomy.

Breast Reconstruction Options: Making the Right Choice for You

Deip Flap

A deep flap is a reconstructive option that uses tissue from another part of your body to create a new breast. It can provide a more natural look and feel but requires a longer recovery time.

Breast Implants

Implants can be used to rebuild the shape and size of the breast. They come in different shapes and sizes and can be customized to match your body type. However, they may not be the best option for everyone.

Going Flat

Some women choose to forgo reconstruction and instead go flat. This can be a freeing option, but it's important to carefully consider the implications of this choice.


When to undergo reconstructive surgery is also an important consideration. Some women choose to have it done at the same time as their mastectomy while others may wait until later.

Possible Complications and Risks of Breast Reconstruction

Surgical Complications

Complications from surgery can include infection, bleeding, or poor healing. Talk to your surgeon about what to expect and how to minimize these risks.

Physical Complications

Reconstruction can cause changes to the breast, including loss of sensation or difficulty with movement. Physical therapy or other interventions may be helpful.

Psychological Concerns

Reconstruction can also impact your mental health, as you navigate changes to your body and self-image. It’s important to have a support system and counseling if needed .

Resources and Support: You Are Not Alone

Breast Cancer Organizations

  • American Cancer Society
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Support Groups

  • Breast Cancer Support Group on Facebook
  • Cancer Support Community
  • Young Survival Coalition

Take advantage of the many resources available to those dealing with breast cancer. Connecting with others who understand what you're going through can make all the difference.


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