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Video: Conserving the Breast in the Removal of Cancer

11/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

The aim of surgery is to remove all of the cancer in the breast. The initial pioneering operation was a quadrantectomy.

This proved to be very successful but was a deforming operation. Excellent cosmetic results are now expected with lumpectomy, which is a more modest procedure, performed with meticulous technique with the goal of achieving cancer free margins. When followed by radiation therapy, the risk of recurrence in the breast is low.

Interviewee:

Freya Schnabel, MD 

Director of Breast Surgery

Professor & Breast Surgeon

NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center

This post was originally posted on BeetMedicine.TV by the site's medical director Peter Pressman, MD.