GREATER CHOICE

ONCOPLASTIC SURGERY OF­FERS BREAST SURGERY PA­TIENTS A HOST OF OP­TIONS

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Treat­ment op­tions for breast can­cer re­search have ad­vanced and the stan­dard of care for breast can­cer surgery is now widely recog­nised as oncoplastic surgery, an ap­proach in­cor­po­rat­ing ad­vanced sur­gi­cal tech­niques that fo­cus on erad­i­cat­ing the dis­ease while max­imis­ing the cos­metic re­sult fol­low­ing surgery.

This aes­thetic ap­proach greatly en­hances the range of op­tions that can be of­fered to breast can­cer pa­tients. Oncoplastic op­tions en­com­pass a range of tech­niques that span from very sim­ple and func­tional, to more com­plex re­con­struc­tion and cos­metic pro­ce­dures. Some can be of­fered at the time of the ini­tial surgery, while oth­ers can be of­fered at a later stage. The op­tions avail­able de­pend on the pa­tient’s breast can­cer char­ac­ter­is­tics, body shape and their de­sired out­comes.

The pri­mary aim of breast can­cer surgery is al­ways to re­move the can­cer­ous cells – oncoplastic surgery of­fers the ex­tra ben­e­fit of ex­cel­lent cos­metic re­sults. This is achieved by min­imis­ing the phys­i­cal ef­fects of surgery, which can in­clude asym­me­try and/or de­for­mity – sig­nif­i­cant out­comes that can af­fect the pa­tient’s con­fi­dence and self-image. By aim­ing to pre­serve the pa­tient’s phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, oncoplastic surgery can help re­store feel­ings of con­fi­dence, self-es­teem and fem­i­nin­ity, thus pro­mot­ing emo­tional heal­ing and a bet­ter out­come af­ter can­cer surgery.

Breast can­cer pa­tients should con­sider oncoplastic sur­gi­cal op­tions, if surgery is in­di­cated for treat­ment. The pa­tient needs to think about their im­me­di­ate or de­layed op­tions for re­con­struc­tion so that their surgery can be planned ap­pro­pri­ately to help en­sure the breast can­cer is erad­i­cated and a favourable cos­metic re­sult is achieved, if de­sired.

If you or a loved one are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, please dis­cuss with your breast sur­geon if oncoplastic surgery is an ap­pro­pri­ate sur­gi­cal op­tion for you.

St Vin­cent’s Pri­vate Hospi­tal is ser­viced by long-serv­ing lo­cal breast sur­geons Dr Mike Eger­ton and Dr Eric Don­ald­son. St Vin­cent’s will wel­come two new Oncoplastic breast sur­geons Dr Lee Ong and Dr Vi­nay Gounder early in 2019. All breast sur­geons are able to of­fer ex­pert ad­vice on oncoplastic sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures.

Oncoplastic surgery can of­fer women and men di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer greater choice for a bet­ter out­come.

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