The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


The types of surgery include: 

A wide local excision (also called a lumpectomy) is an operation that retains as much of the breast as possible. It involves the surgical removal of the cancer with a small border of normal tissue surrounding it. Often radiotherapy is recommended following this procedure.  

Mastectomy is the removal of all the breast tissue which may include removal of the nipple. Please click on this link for more information about mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

Sentinel node biopsy - it is common for the axilla (armpit) to have been examined with an ultrasound scan when breast cancer has been diagnosed. Biopsies are often taken from these lymph glands (even if they appear normal) and can help to determine treatment options following breast surgery.

More information about breast surgery can be found by clicking this link