Breast Reconstruction Topic Guide
Breast Reconstruction: Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the breast of women after mastectomy (removal of the breast). Breast reconstruction may involve implants or using the woman's own tissue. A surgeon may perform breast augmentation or require breast reduction to achieve symmetry. Complications include infection and shape irregularities.
Lumpectomy Lumpectomy is surgery to remove a suspected malignant (cancerous) tumor, or lump, and surrounding tissue from a woman's breast. The size and location of the lump determine how much of the breast is removed. Lumpectomy replaced radical mastectomy to because it leaves the breast mostly intact. After surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be recommended.
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