Who benefits from oncoplastic surgical techniques?

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Breast-conserving therapy, which includes wide local excision of the tumor followed by irradiation, has become a standard treatment option for women with earlystage invasive breast cancer. The potential advantages of conservative breast surgery include the minor outpatient nature of the procedures, lower incidence of post-operative pain and complications, preservation of the breast and nipple areolar complex, and shorter delay to adjuvant therapy. However, not all patients are optimal candidates for breastconserving procedures. Oncoplastic techniques combine the removal of breast cancer tumors in combination with either local volume replacement techniques to correct small defects, or by immediate reconstruction of larger defects using techniques of plastic surgery with or without contralateral breast procedures for symmetry. Therefore, oncoplastic techniques offer the potential to perform a wider excision of the tumor with an improved cosmetic result, thus potentially increasing the eligible pool for breast conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-138
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Breast Cancer Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Breast cancer
  • Breast-conserving surgery
  • Oncoplastic breast surgery


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