What is the role of surgery in the treatment of breast cancer?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary Jo Wright, MD; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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Surgery is considered the primary treatment for breast cancer, with many early stage patients being cured with surgery alone. The goals of breast cancer surgery include the complete resection of the primary tumor, with negative margins to reduce the risk of local recurrences, and pathologic staging of the tumor and axillary lymph nodes to provide necessary prognostic information. Several different types of operations are available for the treatment of breast cancer.

For more information, see Breast Cancer and Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.

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