May 13, 2009

Conserving the Breast in the Removal of Cancer

The aim of surgery is to remove all of the cancer in the breast. The initial pioneering operation was a quadrantectomy.

This proved to be very successful but was a deforming operation. Excellent cosmetic results are now expected with lumpectomy which is a more modest procedure, performed with meticulous technique with the goal of achieving cancer free margins. When followed by radiation therapy, the risk of recurrence in the breast is low.

Peter Pressman, MD

Interviewee:

Freya Schnabel, MD 
Director of Breast Surgery
Professor & Breast Surgeon
NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center

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