Dr. Karthik Chandra VallaM
(MBBS, M.S, M.Ch, D.N.B Surgical Oncology)
Breast Conservation Surgery:
Breast conservation surgery, also known as a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, is a procedure that removes only the cancerous tissue from the breast while leaving the rest of the breast intact. The purpose of this procedure is to maintain the breast’s natural shape and minimize the impact on its appearance. This surgical technique is suitable for cases where the cancer is small and localized.
Oncoplastic surgery is a more advanced technique that combines cancer removal with plastic surgery principles, not only removing the cancerous tissue but also taking steps to reshape and reconstruct the breast. This type of surgery is commonly chosen when dealing with larger tumors or situations where a significant portion of the breast needs to be removed.
Preserving the Breast's Natural Look:
Both breast conservation and oncoplastic surgeries want to make sure the breast looks as natural as possible. This helps boost a person's self-esteem and overall well-being.
Oncoplastic surgery doesn't just remove cancer; it also works on making the breast look normal again. This can mean reshaping the breast or using tissue from other parts of the body to rebuild it.
Knowing that efforts are made to minimize changes in appearance can positively impact emotional and psychological recovery after surgery.
While these surgeries offer significant benefits, they may not be suitable for every case. Choosing between them depends on factors such as the size and location of the tumor, as well as individual health conditions.
Both breast conservation and oncoplastic surgeries are used to treat breast cancer. However, oncoplastic surgery is different because it not only removes cancer but also uses techniques to make the breast look better. Unlike regular breast conservation, oncoplastic surgery cares about both treating cancer and making the breast look good. This way of doing things shows progress in taking care of both the body and feelings of people with breast cancer. The main goal of oncoplastic surgery is to make the breast look nice and balanced after dealing with cancer.