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.
Credit: Thinkstock A diagnosis of breast cancer is understandably shocking. Being told you need a mastectomy can be downright brutal, because all most women can think about when they hear that word is, “They’re going to cut off my breast!” Emotionally, it takes time to internalize that you’re going to lose…