To achieve this, breast cancer surgeons combine breast cancer tumour removal (a wide local excision or partial mastectomy) and plastic surgery techniques (reconstructive surgery) at the same time as performing breast conservation surgery.
There are many different oncoplastic approaches that the surgeon can use to reshape the breast after removing the cancer. These choices are tailored to the cancer’s location and size, as well as an individual woman’s breasts, body, and preferences.
Oncoplastic surgery techniques are generally used to either:
If necessary, the surgeon can make adjustments to the other breast to create a balanced appearance.