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Key Terms in Breast Care

Lumpectomy (partial mastectomy, breast conserving therapy or BCT)

  • A lumpectomy is a surgery to remove a breast cancer or other lump in the breast, along with some surrounding tissue from the breast.
  • Lumpectomy is often preferred for smaller breast lumps, because it is a smaller procedure and it can have the same cure rate as a mastectomy.
  • A lumpectomy for breast cancer is usually followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or both.
  • Women usually do not need breast reconstruction after lumpectomy.

Oncoplasty (the latest surgical technique in breast cancer patients)

  • With oncoplasty, the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon communicate and collaborate right from the start. They consider the extent of cancer surgery needed, the patient’s breast size and shape, and potential reconstruction techniques so the breasts will match. The result is an artful blend of plastic surgery and complete cancer removal.
  • It aims to provide the most favorable cosmetic outcome with optimal control in the treatment of breast cancer.

Common Questions about Oncoplasty

Why do we offer Oncoplasty?
The surgeons want to give the patient the most pleasing cosmetic result after their breast cancer operation.

Who performs Oncoplasty?
Surgery can be performed by a general surgeon, breast surgeon, or plastic surgeon.

Who benefits?
Any woman of any breast size who desires breast conservation.

    Using either Lumpectomy or Oncoplasty, a large piece of tissue can be removed and the defect repaired. This can mean anything from placing an incision in the breast where it will 'blend in' and the scar will be less visible to completely reconstructing the breast.