Breast cancer surgery - The Breast Centre

By: The Breast Centre  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Breast Cancer, Breast Centre

Breast cancer surgery - The Breast Centre

The aim of surgery is to remove the cancer with a margin of healthy breast tissue.

In some cases it may be necessary to consider a balancing operation on the other breast to achieve a good cosmetic result. This may involve a breast reduction, breast lift or even an augmentation procedure. Whilst this is not a critical part of the cancer surgery it can significantly improve the postoperative recovery and cosmetic outcome - factors that are an integral part of modern breast cancer surgery.

You will need adequate time to consider these various options and to decide what is going to be best for you.

Keywords: Breast Cancer, Breast Centre

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