At Windsong Breast Surgery, our team of surgeons provides consultation and leading edge treatment options in conjunction with the Windsong Breast Care program, an accredited breast care program in Western New York and the first in the area to receive accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This designation is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and an on-site review of their performance.
Have you been told you have breast cancer?
When you are referred to the surgeons at Windsong Health Breast Surgery, you can rest assured that you are being referred to a highly experienced and compassionate team. Our Board Certified surgeons, nurses and support staff are committed to providing each patient with as much information and guidance to make the best decision for their specific care.
When breast cancer is detected, most women choose some type of surgery. When surgery is needed to remove a breast tumor the options include breast conserving surgery and mastectomy. Some women choose to have breast reconstruction done at the same time as surgery and some choose to have it later on.
A lumpectomy is a breast conserving surgical procedure that removes the breast lump and a surrounding margin of normal tissue. Radiation therapy is usually required after a lumpectomy. Should adjuvant chemotherapy be required, radiation will generally be delayed until chemotherapy is completed.
A mastectomy or simple mastectomy involves surgical removal of the whole breast. In addition, some of the lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed.
A radical mastectomy involves surgical removal of the breast and chest muscles, as well as all of the lymph nodes under the arm. This is rarely used today. Radical mastectomy is generally only considered when the tumor has spread to the chest muscles.
A preventative mastectomy or prophylactic mastectomy is chosen by some women to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. It involves the removal of one or both breasts before disease develops.
Lymph node removal
Lymph node removal or axillary lymph node dissection is a procedure that checks to see if the cancer has spread.
Survival rates for women with stage I or II breast cancer that choose breast-conserving surgery plus radiation therapy are as effective as mastectomy.