Breast Cancer Surgery
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Around 12% of women will develop it in her lifetime, and it is estimated there will be nearly 250,000 new invasive breast cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016 alone. However, advancements in diagnostic technology and treatments mean that, if it's identified early enough, survival rates are approaching 100%.
As part of the Middlesex Hospital Surgical Alliance, our expert breast cancer surgeons have access to all of the advanced cancer treatments, technology and support staff at our state-of-the-art Cancer Center and Comprehensive Breast Center. And, for especially complex cases, we have access to the knowledge of some of the top cancer specialists in the world at Mayo Clinic. So, you can be sure you're getting the best breast cancer care without having to travel far from home.
Diagnosing Breast Cancer Earlier
As with many other cancers, early detection of breast cancer is the most important factor in ensuring the most successful outcomes possible. We use a variety of the most advanced, high-tech diagnostic tools available, including 3D & Molecular Breast Imaging, which can improve invasive breast cancer detection by up to 40%.
Breast Cancer Procedures
Surgery for breast cancer is usually used in combination with radiation or chemotherapy. However, not all breast cancers are treated with surgery. Your physician will discuss which treatment options are right for you, depending on your type and stage of cancer.
A lumpectomy, or partial mastectomy, is used to remove areas of abnormal or cancerous tissue from the breast. It is often referred to as breast-conserving, since only a portion of the breast is removed.
A full mastectomy is the removal of all tissue from either or both breasts to treat or prevent cancer.
Reconstructive Breast Surgery
For patients whose treatment requires a full or partial mastectomy, our expert surgeons can perform a variety of reconstructive procedures—from traditional breast implants to the most innovative oncoplastic surgical techniques, which combine cancer removal and reconstructive surgery into a single, one-time procedure.