you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you have options to stop
the cancer from spreading if it hasn’t already. The most common
forms of treatment are surgery, chemotherapy, and +/- radiation therapy.
A surgeon will talk about the breast-conserving options available
to you. The most common form of breast surgery is a lumpectomy, or
a partial mastectomy. The surgeon will remove only the part of your
breast containing the tumor, and some of the normal tissue surrounding
it. This tissue is examined further to make sure that no cancer cells
are present in the margins, which is the normal tissue surrounding
the tumor. If cancer is present in the margins, more extensive surgery
may be performed. A mastectomy involves the removal of all of a woman’s
breast tissue. This procedure is more serious than a lumpectomy,
more complications, and a longer and more intense recovery period.
Reconstructive surgery is used for women who have had a mastectomy.
After breast surgery, many women opt for reconstructive surgery
restore the appearance of their breasts. Advances in technology
now allow plastic surgeons to fully reconstruct the contour of
including the nipple. It’s recommended that women wait after
their mastectomy and other treatment before reconstructive surgery.
Some women don’t want to go through reconstructive surgery and
choose to use prosthetics instead. A wide variety of options for prosthetic
bras and swimwear are available. Private fittings fit these prosthetics
exactly to your body type and breast size so that you feel comfortable.
It’s recommended that women wait six to eight weeks after
a surgery to allow a complete healing before a fitting.
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