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
Lymph node surgery
You may want to have your breasts re-shaped or re-
made after the breast cancer is removed. The section
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.
30 Breast tumor surgery
34 Lymph node surgery
38 Breast reconstruction