Surgery is often the most effective method of treating breast cancer.
At Guthrie, our 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 team of breast cancer surgeons work closely with our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department to provide breast construction whenever possible to restore both the function and appearance of the affected breast.
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 cancer patient.
Guthrie Breast Surgeons offer the following options:
- Mastectomy - Surgery to remove the entire breast with a cancerous tumor. In some cases, lymph nodes are also removed. In rare cases, some of the chest muscles are removed as well. Often reconstruction is included to restore appearance.
- Lumpectomy – Surgery to remove part of the breast.
- 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.