Breast Cancer Surgery Phoenix AZ


A breast cancer diagnosis can be scary. The surgeons at Arrow Surgical will schedule a one hour consult with you to discuss your diagnosis and surgical options. The goal of breast cancer surgery is to remove the tumor and some of the surrounding healthy tissue. Your surgeon will try to save as much of your breast as possible. In some cases, the entire breast must be removed. It's important to discuss each of these operations with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend a specific operation based on the size, location, or type of breast cancer you have, along with your medical history.

Both Dr. Andrew Smith and Dr. Joe Deka have extensive experience with the following procedures:

Types of Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast cancer surgeries differ by the amount of healthy tissue that is removed with the tumor. Some lymph nodes under the armpit are usually removed as part of the operation so they can be checked for cancer cells. This will help your doctor plan your treatment after surgery.

Types of breast cancer surgery include:

  • Lumpectomy
  • Partial or segmental mastectomy or quadrantectomy
  • Simple or total mastectomy
  • Radical mastectomy
  • Modified radical mastectomy

Lumpectomy for Breast Cancer

Lumpectomy is also called breast-conserving surgery. The surgeon removes the tumor and a little bit of healthy tissue around it. A second incision under the armpit may be made to remove the lymph nodes.

The goal of a lumpectomy is to leave as much of your healthy breast tissue alone as possible. After the lumpectomy, radiation is usually used to treat any cancer cells that were left behind.

Lumpectomies are best for women who have small, early-stage breast cancers.

Some women shouldn’t get a lumpectomy:

  • Women who have already had radiation for their breast cancer
  • Women who have two or more areas of cancer in the same breast that are too far apart to be removed through one incision
  • Women who have large tumors

If you have a large tumor, sometimes you can get chemotherapy or hormone therapy to shrink it first, and then have a lumpectomy.

Partial or Segmental Mastectomy or Quadrantectomy

In a partial or segmental mastectomy or quadrantectomy, the surgeon removes more breast tissue than with a lumpectomy. The cancerous area and a surrounding area of healthy tissue are removed. Radiation is usually given afterward.
Simple or Total Mastectomy

With a simple or total mastectomy, the entire breast is removed, but no lymph nodes are removed. Simple mastectomy is most frequently used to prevent new cancer from developing or when the cancer does not go to the lymph nodes. This procedure is usually performed to treat in situ, microinvasive, and stage IA breast cancers.

With a double mastectomy, both breasts are removed. This is a preventative type of surgery that is performed when there is a high risk of getting cancer in the other breast.

Simple or Total Mastectomy

With a simple or total mastectomy, the entire breast is removed, but no lymph nodes are removed. Simple mastectomy is most frequently used to prevent new cancer from developing or when the cancer does not go to the lymph nodes. This procedure is usually performed to treat in situ, microinvasive, and stage IA breast cancers.

With a double mastectomy, both breasts are removed. This is a preventative type of surgery that is performed when there is a high risk of getting cancer in the other breast.

Radical Mastectomy

In a radical mastectomy, the surgeon removes the whole breast and nipple, lymph nodes in the armpit, and chest muscles under the breast. This operation is rarely done today, because a modified radical mastectomy is as effective and is less disfiguring.

Modified Radical Mastectomy

The surgeon removes the entire breast along with the nipple. Some lymph nodes in the armpit are removed. The chest muscles are not removed.

Following your surgery, if you are interested in reconstruction the team at Arrow Surgical will help you find a surgeon that specializes in reconstruction and can meet your needs.

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Arrow Surgical Associates
10599 N. Tatum Blvd., #F151
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Tel: 602-977-0136

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