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Oncoplastic breast surgery

Breast conserving surgery does not always result in better cosmetic outcomes. Many studies have shown that over 30% of patients are unhappy with the cosmetic result of their breast conservation surgery.

The term ‘oncoplastic breast surgery’ was coined in the 1980s. This kind of surgery involves using plastic surgery techniques to improve the cosmetic outcome of conventional breast conserving surgery.

The main aim of oncoplastic surgery is to improve the cosmetic outcome and patient satisfaction with their breast surgery.  Potential benefits of oncoplastic surgery over conventional breast surgery include:

  • removing larger cancers that would have previously required a mastectomy
  • reduced re-excision rates
  • reduced breast cancer recurrence rates
  • reduced deformities associated with radiotherapy

Oncoplastic surgeons use a wide range special techniques including moving breast tissue from one place to another to fill a defect where a cancer is removed from, contralateral breast reduction and mastopexy, and repositioning the nipple.

Oncoplastic breast surgery is technically challenging, and often the procedures take much more time than conventional breast surgery.

Oncoplastic breast surgeons like Dr Lancashire undertake extra sub-specialty training after their specialist surgical training to learn and master these surgical techniques.

Not everyone needs, or is suitable for oncoplastic breast surgery. Dr Lancashire will talk to you about what it entails should it be required.

Follow the links below for more on breast cancer management: 

More about the types breast cancer

Breast conserving surgery


Axillary surgery

Prophylactic mastectomy

Breast Reconstruction

Endocrine Therapy


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