Some people are unaware that breast cancer involves a range of different subtypes, all of which behave in varying ways. There are faster-growing and more aggressive forms that may or may not recur, and thanks to advances in medical technology, we can treat each variant differently.
The goal is to treat the cancer according to its biological or genetic makeup with various approaches. As a trusted breast cancer surgeon Sydney can rely on, Dr Yunaev and the team at Breast and Body Clinic personalise the treatment based on what is best for the patient with a tailor-made surgical technique that takes into account the biology of the cancer being treated. The patient’s overall health and social circumstances, preferences and surgical feasibility and safety are all accounted for as well.
Below we will look at some of the surgical procedures available for managing breast cancer.
Breast Conservation Surgery (BCS) options
There are two BCS options available, the first of which is the Lumpectomy or Quadrantinectomy which preserves the breast and removes the cancerous lump with a margin of healthy tissue. This procedure is usually performed in conjunction with radiotherapy post-surgery and does run the risk of leaving aesthetic deformities.
The second option is an Oncoplastic BCS procedure which much like the other procedures preserves the breast while removing the cancer with a margin of healthy tissue. Particular attention is paid in this method to avoiding breast deformities via the use of varying more advanced techniques that can improve the appearance of the breast. Once again this procedure is also often performed with radiotherapy post-surgery.
Breast Removal Surgery
Breast removal options are also known as Mastectomies, for which there are three variations. The first of these is the Total Mastectomy during which most of the skin and all of the breast tissue is removed.
The Skin Sparing Mastectomy removes all of the breast tissue while partially preserving the skin envelope of the breast. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with a breast reconstruction.
The final option is the Nipple Sparing Mastectomy which is similar to the Skin Sparing technique in that it removes all of the breast tissue with preservation of the skin envelope as well as the nipple. This technique is also coupled with a breast reconstruction typically in one or staged procedures.
How to know which option is best for your situation
The first step to deciding which path forward is best for you is to have a consultation with Dr Yunaev at Breast and Body Clinic. As a Specialist Breast (Oncoplastic) and General Surgeon, Dr Yunaev will apply his extensive experience to assess your situation determining and recommending the best path forward.
The team at Breast and Body Clinic have a passion for the treatment of all aspects of Breast Cancer Surgery and will work closely with you to ensure that the right option for your situation is found. You will also be given plenty of time to consider the recommendation made for you, ask any questions you may have and ensure you are completely comfortable before moving forward with any procedure. Speak to our team today, and let’s find the best option for your situation.