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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 the different types of surgery for breast cancer.

Surgery to remove breast cancer (lumpectomy)

Read about how you have surgery to remove an area of cancer from the breast.

Surgery to remove your breast (mastectomy)

Find out how you have surgery to remove the whole breast for breast cancer.

Choosing between lumpectomy or mastectomy

Information about the advantages and disadvantages of different types of surgery for early breast cancer.

Breast reconstruction

Find out about the different types of reconstruction surgery for breast cancer, including possible problems that might arise.

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 surgery, the people you’ll meet and the exercises you need to do.

Going into hospital

Find out about what you need to take in, 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.

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