Breast-conserving surgery is an advanced form of lumpectomy or wide local excision, where just the tumour and a little surrounding breast tissue is excised. Breast-conserving surgery also known as a quadrantectomy or partial mastectomy.
In breast-conserving surgery, the part of breast tissue excised will depend on:
- The size of a tumour and where it is in your breast
- The size of your breasts
- The type of cancer you have
- The area of surrounding tissue that needs to be removed.
The surgeon will always remove healthy surrounding breast tissue around the cancer part, which will be taken for biopsy to detect the extension of cancer.
If there's no cancerous tissue present in the surrounding healthy tissue, there's less chance that cancer will reoccur.
If cancer cells are seen in the surrounding tissue, more tissue may need to be removed from the affected part.
After having breast-conserving surgery, you'll usually be offered radiotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells. breast