Surgery is one of the main treatments for breast cancer. The operation you have depends on:
- the size of the cancer
- the position of the cancer
- your own preference.
Your surgeon and breast care nurse will talk to you about your options. You may be asked to decide which operation you have.
Your surgeon will usually recommend breast-conserving surgery. This keeps as much of the breast tissue and the shape of the breast as possible. In some situations, they may recommend having the whole breast removed (mastectomy). Your surgery will usually include removing some or all of the lymph nodes in your armpit .
Some women have hormonal therapy or chemotherapy before their operation. The aim is to shrink the cancer to avoid a mastectomy.