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Breast-Conserving Treatment of
Breast Cancer

Carolina Breast & Oncologic Surgery is proud to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

 

About the NAPBC...

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast diseases. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. The NAPBC board is comprised of professionals from 15 national organizations reflecting the full spectrum of breast care. Carolina Breast has voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance by the NAPBC. During the process, our center has demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women diagnosed with the

full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center achieving NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease, offering:

Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
Information about new treatment options

And, most importantly, Quality breast care close to home.

To learn more, please visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org

Traditionally, the most commonly accepted procedure for removing breast cancer in the United States is a mastectomy, or the complete removal of the breast tissue and lymph nodes. This method often meant a complete removal of either one or both breasts.

Thankfully, as medical techniques improved, so has our understanding of surgical breast cancer treatment. The essence of Breast-Conserving Treatment (BCT) is to preserve as much of the breast as possible while achieving an aesthetically acceptable result. While there are many factors that determine the course of action for you surgical treatment, such as size and placement of the incision and management of lumpectomy cavity, breast-conserving treatment can still help reduce the need for reconstructive surgery or prostheses after treatment.


Benefit to Breast Conserving Treatment


The primary benefit of breast conserving treatment is in the name of the procedure: breast conservation. Through an incision on the upper part of the breast, close to the arm, the affected area is removed but the lymph nodes and non-affected breast tissue is saved. This allows for little to no reconstructive surgery or prosthetic work afterwards.

Breast Conserving Treatment may not be right for every patient. In some cases, you may have a slightly higher risk for a reoccurrence of breast cancer or you may require additional surgeries for clearer margin. While this treatment option may not be right for everyone, it’s still good to know you have options when it comes to your cancer treatment. Additionally, it continues to demonstrate our practice’s commitment to changing the conversation about breast cancer and making sure you have all of the information you need to make the most informed decision for your personal health.