Surgical Procedures

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Should a diagnosis discloses a non-life threatening condition, our doctors treat it quickly and thoroughly, while providing the assurances a patient may need to regain their sense of well-being.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

For serious medical conditions, Saint Peter’s Breast Center relies on a multi-disciplinary approach to determine the care and treatment protocol that will provide the best possible outcome. In such cases, we assign a “team” consisting of radiation oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, geneticists, cancer researchers and nurses — whose knowledge and skills are shared and integrated into a comprehensive, customized treatment program. The team then meets regularly to monitor the patient’s response to each facet of treatment and to make any required adjustments.

Assessing Options

In the event surgery becomes necessary, the options available depend on a number of factors, including the type of tumor, the extent of the disease at the time of diagnosis, your age and medical history.

Decision Support

Based on a thorough analysis of these factors, Saint Peter’s Breast Center will help you decide which of the following procedures offers you the best possible outcome.

  • Excisional breast biopsy
  • Lumpectomy/partial mastectomy/quadrantectomy
  • Balloon-catheter (targeted) radiation (MammoSite®)
  • Mastectomy (with or without breast reconstruction)
  • Skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Axillary dissection
  • Drainage of breast abscesses
  • Nipple duct excision