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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Breast Cancer - Early-Stage

(STAGES I AND II)

, Version 1.2016

Surgery to remove cancer is a central

part of treatment for stages I and II

breast cancer. Part 3 explains which

methods of removing the cancer may

be options for you. It also provides

some details on ways to rebuild

breasts after cancer surgery.

Breast cancer that is stage I or II has not spread far if

at all. As such, surgery to remove cancer in the breast

and in any lymph nodes is a central part of treatment.

In the section

Breast tumor surgery

, the two options

for removing tumors from the breast are presented.

Surgeries that remove lymph nodes are discussed in

the section

Lymph node surgery

.

You may want to have your breasts re-shaped or re-

made after the breast cancer is removed. The section

Breast reconstruction

contains information that may

be of help.

Surgery is a “local treatment” since it treats cancer

in a small part of your body. Most women will have

another type of treatment after surgery to prevent the

cancer from returning. Such treatments are presented

in Parts 4 through 7.

3

Breast cancer

surgery

30 Breast tumor surgery

34 Lymph node surgery

38 Breast reconstruction

40 Review