Healthcare: Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Surgery

Master
Terms

Breast Conservation Surgery (Lumpectomy)

Item Definition

The surgery to remove breast cancer along with some surrounding tissue from the breast. The sample is sent to a pathologist who examines it and makes sure all of the cancer has been removed.

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Treatment

Item Definition

An early form of cancer confined to the lactiferous (milk producing) ducts of the breast.

Mastectomy

Item Definition

The surgery to remove the entire breast to treat breast cancer.

Nipple and Skin Sparing Mastectomy

Item Definition

A type of mastectomy where the breast tissue is removed, while all of the skin, nipple and areola are left intact.

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Item Definition

The removal of lymph nodes in the armpit to see if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

Content

For more information visit the Breast Cancer website.