breast-conserving surgery


    Lumpectomy Versus Mastectomy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

    Emma Shtivelman, PhD

    Every woman diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer faces a decision about what type of surgery to have. Together with her doctors, she will have to choose between breast-conserving surgery (BCS), also called lumpectomy, and mastectomy. BCS preserves the breast, removing the tumor and a rim of surrounding tissue, whereas mastectomy removes the entire breast. Patients with early-stage disease (with the main tumor less than… Read more »