Surgery is often the first choice as a breast cancer treatment. There are two main types of surgery in this case, a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. Sometimes the nature of the cancer determines which type of surgery is appropriate, but in other instances the decision is up to the patient. Several considerations must be made, including the radiation that often accompanies a lumpectomy or body image after a mastectomy.
The first step many women take when being treated for breast cancer is a major one: surgical removal of the tumor. But growing evidence points to the fact that delaying surgery in favor of other treatments might actually have some benefits. Stretching back thousands of years, to the beginnings of breast cancer treatment, the first, best,…