Most women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t need a mastectomies. There is another option – oncoplastic surgery.
“It’s essentially a combination of traditional lumpectomy and some plastic surgery techniques,” explained Dr. Maxwell.
During a traditional lumpectomy, a doctor removes the tumor from the breast. But that leaves an empty space – which then turns into a disfiguring divet.
Dr. Maxwell, “Sometimes it’s such a defect you can tell in your clothes.”
Oncoplastic surgery uses a woman’s nearby breast tissue to fill the gap.