When treating breast cancer, the surgical removal of the tumor is an essential part of the therapy.
In the 1980s, radical surgery techniques dominated, but nowadays a breast-conserving surgery can be performed in 2 out of 3 cases.1
However, in some cases it is unavoidable to remove the breast completely. The complete removal of the breast is called mastectomy. Today, this affects about 30 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer.1
To learn more about the reasons for a mastectomy and the different types of mastectomy, watch our video.
After a mastectomy, it is possible to reconstruct the breast via surgery. If a mastectomy is unavoidable, it is a major intervention, the results of which each woman deals with individually. Some women consciously decide against reconstruction. For other women, it is important that they undergo breast reconstruction for their body image.
You can find out more about the different options for breast reconstruction on the dedicated website provided by pfmmedical.
Please note that the information within this website is not intended for self-diagnosis. It is in no way a substitute for a medical diagnosis and advice.
 Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft e.V. et al., Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft (Hrsg.): Kennzahlenauswertung 2019 Jahresbericht der zertifizierten Brustzentren. Versione-A1-de, Stand 21.03.2019
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