Surgery for Breast Cancer
Lumpectomy:Advantages and Disadvantages
Lumpectomy has its own advantages and disadvantages.
- Advantages of Lumpectomy
The main advantage of a lumpectomy is that it can preserve much of the appearance and sensation of the breast especially if the tumor is small. Very often, a breast reconstruction surgery may not be needed at all.
- Disadvantages of Lumpectomy
- Lumpectomy needs to be followed by 4-6 weeks of radiotherapy.
- The time taken for radiation may delay breast reconstructive surgery.
- Risks of cancer recurring in the remaining part of the breast is high.
Mastectomy:Advantages and Disadvantages
Advantages of Mastectomy
- Complete removal of cancer cells is easier.
- Most patients say that they are relieved at getting all the cancer cells out.
- Risks of recurrence are lower than in lumpectomy.
- Mastectomy means a permanent loss of the breast.
- Since the surgery is more extensive, it takes a longer time for recovery. Post-operative care is also longer and recovery may be more difficult than in lumpectomy.
- Breast reconstruction or wearing a prosthesis is necessary.
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