Treatments Related to Mastectomy
The most common treatment related to a mastectomy is breast reconstruction, chosen by many women. It may be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or delayed if additional treatments are needed. Delay may be considered when a mastectomy is part of a cancer treatment strategy to be followed by radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Your doctors will help you to determine the best option for you.
The doctor may prescribe medications for pain management, and recommend some light exercises to help avoid or reduce post-operative swelling in the arm. In some cases, physical therapy may help restore some strength and flexibility.
Alternative treatment options to mastectomy include a lumpectomy, or partial mastectomy. Instead of removing the entire breast, in this procedure the surgeon removes only a lump in the breast and some of the surrounding tissue. A lumpectomy takes about an hour and is generally performed on an outpatient basis with general or local anesthesia and sedation.