Breast Cancer Surgery Options
Breast Cancer and Radical Mastectomy
When a radical mastectomy is used to treat breast cancer, the surgeon removes all of the breast tissue along with the nipple, lymph nodes in the armpit, and chest wall muscles under the breast. This procedure is rarely performed today because modified radical mastectomy has proved to be as effective, and is less disfiguring.
You should thoroughly discuss these surgical options with your doctor to determine the best treatment for you.
How Long Will I Be In the Hospital for Breast Cancer Surgery?
The length of stay in the hospital varies depending on the type of breast cancer surgery performed. Generally, lumpectomies are done on an outpatient basis, with the patient recovering in a short-stay observation unit after the procedure.
Mastectomies or lymph node removal surgery usually require a one- to two-night stay in the hospital.