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.
Dr. Deborah Axelrod, a breast surgeon and Dr. Baljit Singh, a pathologist, talk about breast conservation on video.
Breast conservation consists of a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. Dr. Alvarado describes who is a candidate for a multi-institutional trial.