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Breast Lump Surgery / Mastectomy

Dr van Schoor is involved with Breast Screen and every woman is different. We pride ourselves in helping you through whatever decision you choose to take regarding your breast surgery. Whether you come through Breast Screen or your GP as a self detected lump.

What is breast lump surgery

Every woman is different. Some women develop Breast Lumps more easily than others. You may have found a lump in your breast. It is not known what type of lump you have until it is tested. This test can be done in various ways. A breast lump can be benign or malignant. Benign lumps are not cancerous and do not spread to other parts of the body. Malignant lumps are cancerous and need to be treated.


Breast biopsy

Breast biopsy may be carried out with a fine needle aspiration (FNA) or by core biopsy. This can avoid the need for an open biopsy, where the surgeon removes the breast lump and then it is sent for testing.

Breast cancer surgery

Surgery is recommended for almost all women who have a cancerous lump. It is often the first step in treatment. Some patients may be offered chemotherapy prior to surgery for certain types of breast cancer. This is known as neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

In the surgical treatment of breast cancer, the main aim is to remove the lump completely. Any cancer that has spread into nearby tissue also has to be removed.

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