If you need surgery for breast cancer, you probably have mixed emotions. You may feel relieved to know your tumor can be removed, but frightened by the consequences of surgery.
If you’re struggling with the thought of losing your breast(s), ask your doctor about options for preserving or recreating your breast(s). If your tumor is small, you might be eligible for breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy). And if you need or want your breast removed (mastectomy), you may choose to have breast reconstruction surgery.
Breast reconstruction refers to several types of surgery that rebuild the look and shape of a breast. There are two main types of surgery:
Breast reconstruction is usually performed on women who have a mastectomy. However, Mercy also offers “oncoplastic surgery” for women whose breast may be disfigured by lumpectomy.
You and your doctor will discuss reconstruction options that are best for you, based on your preferences and unique circumstances. You’ll need to think about many factors before deciding. Some of these factors you can control, and others you can’t. For example:
We’ll help you understand what to expect before, during and after breast reconstruction. For example:
Deciding whether to have breast reconstruction can be hard, especially when you’re fighting cancer at the same time. But you can count on Mercy for expert advice and emotional encouragement. We’ll support you throughout your cancer journey, no matter what path you choose.