There are 3 main types of surgery to remove breast cancer:
- Breast-conserving Surgery: (also called a lumpectomy, quadrantectomy, partial mastectomy, or segmental mastectomy) – A surgery in which only the part of the breast containing the cancer is removed. The goal is to remove the cancer as well as some surrounding normal tissue. How much of the breast is removed depends on the size and location of the tumor and other factors.
- Mastectomy: A surgery in which the entire breast is removed, including all of the breast tissue and is removed, including all of the breast tissue and sometimes other nearby tissues. There are several different types of mastectomies. Some women may also get double mastectomies in which both breasts are removed.
- Reconstructive Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
Women who have surgery as a part of their breast cancer treatment may choose breast reconstruction to rebuild the shape and look of the breast.
Two main types of operations can be done to reconstruct your breast or breasts:
- Using silicone or saline breast inserts known as breast implants.
- Using your own body tissue known as tissue flap procedures.