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When is surgery recommended for my stage II breast cancer?

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Surgery is standard. For smaller tumors, you might get a breast conserving surgery, or lumpectomy, in which only the tumor and some of the tissue around it are removed. For larger tumors, you might need a mastectomy, in which the breast is removed. In either case, the surgeon will likely remove some of the lymph nodes. After a mastectomy, you might choose breast reconstruction surgery.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage,” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Targeted therapy for breast cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Guidelines for Patients."

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Stage 2.”

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.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage,” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Targeted therapy for breast cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Guidelines for Patients."

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Stage 2.”

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.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 25, 2019

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