More than 100,000 U.S. women undergo some form of mastectomy each year. It is typically performed to treat breast cancer, but, in some cases, it is performed to prevent the risk of breast cancer.
A mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both (double mastectomy) breasts. The appropriate type of surgical breast cancer treatment depends on several key factors, including age, menopause status, tumor size, and progression of the disease.
The Breast Surgery Service, in partnership with the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), is committed to providing excellent care to patients with breast cancer. Doctors and other caregivers will work closely with you and your family to develop a treatment plan suited to your situation.
There are several types of surgical treatments for breast cancer, including:
The Division of Surgical Oncology provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management for adult cancer patients in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Surgical specialties include the treatment of benign and malignant disorders of the breast and management of gastrointestinal (colorectal, biliary, hepatic, and pancreatic) malignancies. The Division is also well known for its innovative therapy for soft tissue sarcomas and melanomas and other skin lesions.
Patient- and Family-focused Care
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has long been committed to not only the care of our patients but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-focused care - involving systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment – is a guiding force behind the care we provide at BWH and DF/BWCC.
Quality of Patient Care
BWH is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and following established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our Inpatient Satisfaction Survey, sent to patients’ to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and where we could improve. We pride ourselves in the Quality of Patient Care we provide and how we compare with other hospitals.
Our team of breast care specialists includes world-renowned breast surgeons, nurse practitioners, patient navigators, medical and radiation oncologists, cancer risk experts, breast pathologists, plastic surgeons, social workers, and rehabilitation specialists who use a patient-focused approach to deliver the most effective treatment for each patient. Meet our Breast Surgery Service team.
If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our breast care experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs, or fill out an online appointment request form.
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