Breast Cancer Surgery

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A doctor discusses options, possibly for breast cancer surgery

Approximately 12.8 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime, and most of them will undergo surgery. With medical advances, breast cancer is being detected at earlier stages, and less invasive procedures are now available. Together, doctors and patients determine which type of surgery may be appropriate, based on the patient’s goals, the size of the tumor, and how far the cancer has spread.

"Breast surgery today has far superior cosmetic outcomes due to our ability to offer nipple-sparing mastectomies to many of our patients," says Yale Medicine’s Mary Pronovost, MD, a breast surgeon who practices at the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Trumbull and Bridgeport Hospital. "In addition, breast conservation outcomes are optimized by tissue rearrangement and other oncoplastic techniques that restore normal breast contour while eliminating the breast cancer."

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.