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Surgery Choices for Women With DCIS or Breast Cancer

Are You Facing a Decision About Surgery for DCIS or Breast Cancer?

Do you have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or breast cancer that can be removed with surgery? If so, you may be able to choose which type of breast surgery to have. Often, your choice is between breast-sparing surgery (surgery that takes out the cancer and leaves most of the breast) and a mastectomy (surgery that removes the whole breast).

Once you are diagnosed, treatment will usually not begin right away. There should be enough time for you to meet with breast cancer surgeons, learn the facts about your surgery choices, and think about what is important to you. Learning all you can will help you make a choice you can feel good about.

Talk with Your Doctor

Talk with a breast cancer surgeon about your choices. Ask questions and learn as much as you can.

Learn About the Types of Surgery

Learn about the different breast cancer surgeries. Most women diagnosed with DCIS or breast cancer can choose between breast-sparing surgery, mastectomy, or mastectomy with reconstruction.

Compare the Types of Surgery

Use the charts in this section to help you compare the different surgeries with each other. See how they are alike and how they are different.

Think About What Is Important to You

Think about which type of surgery is best for you by asking yourself the questions in this section.

  • Posted: March 1, 2013