We understand how devastating a breast cancer diagnosis is.
With almost any breast cancer diagnosis, surgery is the recommended course of action. Your doctor may recommend breast-conserving surgery or BCS, such as a lumpectomy, quadrantectomy, partial mastectomy or segmental mastectomy. The other option is the full removal of the entire breast, such as a mastectomy or a double mastectomy.
Many Factors Determine Treatment Recommendations
Your doctor will present comprehensive information to inform you of the surgical option that is best for you. Treatment is determined by:
- The type of cancer
- The size of the tumor
- Stage of breast cancer
- Your medical history
- Your family’s medical history
Breast-Conserving Surgery vs. Mastectomy Surgery
For those women whose cancer is detected at an early stage, you will likely be given the option of either breast-conserving surgery or a full mastectomy. BCS gives you the advantage of preserving your breast and avoiding potential reconstructive surgery. BCS also typically requires you to follow up with radiation therapy.
It is logical to assume that having a less extensive surgery might increase your risk of the cancer returning. However, in most cases, a mastectomy does not give you any better chance of long-term survival or a better outcome of treatment than breast-conserving surgery and radiation therapy.
Outstanding Care for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer
Here at Murrieta Valley Surgery Associates, we have state-of-the-art technology, surgical expertise, and compassionate treatment you can trust. We will support you through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of breast cancer. Contact us today for more information about which treatment option is right for you.