Surgery is often the most effective method of treating breast cancer.
At Guthrie, our dedicated breast surgeons use highly-specialized technologies and when possible minimally invasive procedures to remove cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) tumors of the breast. Specializing in breast conserving surgery in which only part of the breast affected is removed, Guthrie is able to offer women choices when dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Our breast cancer surgeons work as part of a multidisciplinary team of pathologists, oncologists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, oncology nurses and other specialists to develop an individualized plan for each breast surgery patient.
Guthrie Breast Surgeons offer the following options:
- Mastectomy - Surgery to remove part of the breast with a cancerous tumor (lumpectomy), breast tissue, or the entire breast. In some cases, lymph nodes are also removed. In rare cases, some of the chest muscles are removed as well.
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy - A minimally invasive procedure to remove the main (sentinel) lymph nodes in the underarm (axilla) to test for cancer.
- Axillary lymph node dissection - Surgery to remove all or a group of lymph nodes in the underarm (axilla), if your sentinel lymph node biopsy is positive for cancer.