During a quadrantectomy, the surgeon removes a quarter of your chest. The surgeon will bring out the tumor and 2-3 cm of surrounding breast tissue, to be sure that the margins surrounding the tumor are clear of cancer. Skin lying during that quarter of thy womb, and also removes some of the muscles of the chest wall, under the tumor, also may need to take. Lymph nodes that are closer to the tumor is removed and tested for cancer cells, how will your cancer, skin and tissue around the tumor. You may need a drain to help with healing after surgery.
Dealing with a new form
A quadrantectomy will change the size and shape of your breasts. After recovery, you can enter some additional padding in your bra to balance your appearance. You can also have a plastic surgeon to remodel the chest in a smaller size, with a natural form, and this is best done before starting any other treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. Radiation will change the texture of the skin in the area during the surgery, and chemotherapy your body may not have the resources to properly heal from surgery. Your skin will have a scar incision and will change in texture, but if the cure for the engraving, it fades in a small line with time.
After surgery, your breasts will no longer be a matching pair. If you want to balance the size of your chest post-surgical intact with your chest, you might consider having a breast reduction breast made healthy. This would also balance the weight of your breasts to the muscles of the chest and back.
If the tumor is large, or is a type of invasive cancer, mastectomy may be needed.
American Cancer Society. Step-by-step guide: breast cancer. Surgery for breast cancer. Revision: 09/13/2007.