Breast Cancer Treatments
(Also see Cancer / Treatments / Surgery)
Our surgeons evaluate your individual situation, providing expert breast biopsy (taking a sample of tissue for testing) and therapeutic breast cancer operations as needed. They believe in using breast-sparing lumpectomy when medically appropriate, to preserve as much of the breast as possible and ease recovery. This procedure has been shown to be as effective as mastectomy, or full breast removal, for many patients. More than half of Abington’s breast cancer patients have breast-conserving lumpectomy surgery -- well above the national average.
Some lymph nodes may be removed during breast cancer surgery. Many patients will have sentinel lymph node biopsy, a procedure that takes fewer nodes to see if the cancer has spread. This technique lessens the risk for lymphedema, a possible complication of node surgery.
Breast reconstruction by a plastic surgeon can reshape one or both breasts after surgery. Our plastic surgery experts are skilled in the latest reconstructive techniques using natural tissue flaps, silicone or saline implants, or a combination approach. Having several options helps our patients who wish to have breast reconstruction decide which method would be best for them.
Our advanced operating suites, outfitted with the most technologically up-to-date equipment, promote patient safety and best outcomes.
We focus on the human side of the surgical experience as well. In our patient-friendly operating rooms, nurses provide warm support within a calm and healing environment, known as the Sacred Space, that helps put patients at ease. Through soft music, scenic murals, dimmed lighting and our nurses’ gentle touch and dedicated attention, patients receive personal and comforting care.
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