A surgical procedure where the breast cancer or mass is removed through a small incision with a rim of surrounding normal breast tissue (margin). Can be performed when the cancer or mass is small compared to the size of the breast. The Hidden Scar technique can be used to conceal the surgical scar in the aerola, under the breast, or along the side of the breast. Partial mastectomies can be completed in combination with sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary dissection.
In a Hidden Scar lumpectomy procedure, the incision used to remove the breast cancer tumor will be placed in an area that is hard to see. The majority of the breast, including the nipple area, is preserved.Learn more ›
A procedure where some of the ducts (tubes leading up to the nipple that carry milk) are surgically removed and sent to pathology to rule out disease in them such as cancer. Often this can be done using a Hidden Scar technique.
A procedure that involves removal of breast, including the nipple and areolar complex, and the lining of the muscle of the chest. Sometimes the lymph nodes in the arm pit are sampled in a procedure known as sentinel lymph node biopsy. Total mastectomies are sometimes referred to as simple mastectomies.
In a skin-sparing mastectomy, all of the breast skin, except the nipple and the areola, is preserved. This makes reconstruction easier.
A Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is a type of mastectomy procedure where the surgeon removes all of the breast tissue, but does not remove the nipple. This makes reconstruction easier and most importantly avoids making any scars on the breast, allowing for better results after breast reconstruction.Learn more ›
Surgery for breast cancer in which the breast, most or all of the lymph nodes under the arm, and the lining over the chest muscles are removed. Sometimes the surgeon also removes part of the chest wall muscles.
Removal and examination of the sentinel node(s) (the first lymph node(s) to which cancer cells are likely to spread from a primary tumor). To identify the sentinel lymph node(s), the surgeon injects a radioactive substance, blue dye, or both near the tumor. The surgeon then uses a probe to find the sentinel lymph node(s) containing the radioactive substance or looks for the lymph node(s) stained with dye. The surgeon then removes the sentinel node(s) to check for the presence of cancer cells.
Removal of axillary lymph node(s) which are found in the armpit region and drain lymph from the breast and nearby areas.
Local anesthesia is used to remove a small piece of breast tissueto be sent for pathological examination. Punch biopsies are performed in the office.
Insertion or removal of the port-a-catheter, a small device that is placed under the skin below the collar bone to allow easy chemotherapy access.