The tests are completed and the oncologist wants to discuss how you want to proceed. If it is a small contained lump, there is the possibility of a lumpectomy, partial or full mastectomy. Also, lately, there has been a trend, for women who have a high risk of breast cancer / re-occurrence (mainly those who are genetically predisposed and who have lost a disproportionate amount of relatives to breast cancer) of having a double mastectomy and full reconstruction, to lower their risk.
Each situation is different and there are a number of factors involved in deciding how much to remove and reconstruct. For those who have a very small lump, no history of breast cancer, and are only stage one; a lumpectomy can be performed with less invasive techniques, and the spot can be filled with the patient’s own fat and stem cells. Fat grafting
can also be used in partial and double mastectomies, if the patient and doctor agree upon that method.
There is nothing ‘pleasant’ about cancer – but, with the advances in modern plastic surgery and fat / stem cell transfer techniques, your surgical team can ‘fix you up…good as new’, aesthetically. Researching your options and thoroughly communicating with your oncologist and reconstructive surgeons can help give you the added confidence to participate in telling cancer to “Hit the road, Jack!”
Source : This Article is originally posted by plasticsurgeryblog.