Partial Mastectomy

In this procedure, variously known as lumpectomy, wide local excision, quadrantectomy or partial mastectomy, the pre-cancer or cancer is removed together with a surrounding margin of normal breast tissue.

This can often be accomplished through a discrete incision placed around the areola. By mobilising the breast tissue under the skin the appearance from the resultant volume deficit can be minimised.

Where the tumour to breast volume ratio is not favourable a latissimus dorsi miniflap can be used to replace the volume deficit. An uninvolved (clear) margin is important to prevent recurrent disease in the future. Because of this it is sometimes necessary to recommend further surgery once the histology report is available.

You should plan on a hospital stay of one to three nights depending on whether or not axillary surgery is planned.