Which Breast Cancer Surgery is Right for You?

Which surgery option is best for you? If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, it may be difficult to decide between having a mastectomy or a lumpectomy, which is also referred to as breast conserving surgery. While lumpectomy removes the tumor and some of the surrounding tissue, a mastectomy removes the entire breast.

If your physician determines that both options are available to you, you will want to compare the benefits and risks of each and then choose the surgery that is right for you. This is often easier said than done, as there are a lot of variables you may need to consider before you make a choice.

It’s a Personal Decision
It’s important to learn about your breast cancer surgery options and discuss these treatments with your family and your health care team. If you’re not satisfied with the rationale for your particular cancer treatment plan, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek a second opinion, or even a third. Ultimately, the choice to decide between a mastectomy or a lumpectomy will be a very personal. It will be your decision and there may be many variables involved for you to make this choice. You need to feel confident that you have all the necessary information you need and that you’re getting the best treatment possible.

Many Factors May Determine Your Choice
What’s best for someone else may not be the best option for your breast cancer treatment. Whether you decide on a lumpectomy, a mastectomy or opting for a more preventative cancer surgery, like a double mastectomy, your decision may involve many factors, such as your life style, your age, your family history, your body image or your peace of mind.

More Breast Cancer Information
Deciding between having a mastectomy versus a lumpectomy can be a difficult choice. If you would like to learn more about each of these breast cancer surgery options, please visit our lumpectomy vs. mastectomy page.

Interested in hearing what other breast cancer survivors have to say? Please check out our videos of breast cancer survivors.

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