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How is surgery used to treat stage I breast cancer?

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Surgery is standard treatment for this stage. Since the tumor is small, you may have a lumpectomy -- just the tumor and some of the tissue around it are removed. Some women get a mastectomy, in which the whole breast is removed. In either case, the surgeon will likely take out one or more lymph nodes. After a mastectomy, you might choose to have breast reconstruction surgery.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage.” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Treatment of invasive breast cancer, by stage.”

Herceptin: "Adjuvant Breast Cancer Treatment.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, , v.1.2004. Breast Cancer

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Health Professional Version," "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Patient Version," "Understanding Breast Cancer: A Guide for Patients," "What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer," “Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage.” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Treatment of invasive breast cancer, by stage.”

Herceptin: "Adjuvant Breast Cancer Treatment.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, , v.1.2004. Breast Cancer

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Health Professional Version," "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Patient Version," "Understanding Breast Cancer: A Guide for Patients," "What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer," “Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

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