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Surgery for breast cancer

Find out about the different types of surgery for breast cancer, how to prepare for your operation, and how to recover well.

Types of breast cancer surgery

Find out about different types of surgery for breast cancer, including mastectomy, lumpectomy, lymph node removal, and breast reconstruction.

Surgery to remove breast cancer (lumpectomy)

Read about surgery to remove a cancer from the breast. This operation is called a wide local excision, lumpectomy, or breast conserving surgery (BCS).

Surgery to remove your breast (mastectomy)

Find out how you have surgery to remove the whole breast for breast cancer. This operation is called a mastectomy.

Choosing between lumpectomy or mastectomy

Find out about how to make a decision if your doctor offers you a choice of treatments for early breast cancer.

Breast reconstruction

Find out about the different types of surgery to make a new breast shape after removal of breast cancer. Read about the benefits and possible problems.

Surgery to remove lymph nodes

Find out how you have surgery to remove the lymph nodes under the arm for breast cancer and why.

Preparing for surgery

Find out about what happens before breast cancer surgery, the people you’ll meet, and the exercises you need to do.

Going into hospital

Find out about what you need to take into hospital for your breast cancer surgery, what to expect, and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

Find out about what happens on the day of surgery, including having an anaesthetic.

After breast cancer surgery

Read about what happens after breast surgery, exercises you need to do, and how to cope with possible problems.

Last reviewed: 
26 Oct 2017

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