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"With patients being identified with earlier stage breast cancer, new minimally invasive surgical options, and better radiation techniques, women with breast cancer are resuming the lives they had before their diagnosis and treatment. While mastectomy was greatly feared in the past because it was so physically disfiguring, new techniques have reduced scarring to a minimum and reconstructive surgery is an important component of helping women regain their quality of life both physically and emotionally."
- Mia Talmor, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery (Plastic Surgery)

Weill Cornell breast surgeons were among the first in New York City to incorporate cancer surgery with reconstructive surgery nearly a decade ago and advance a new field called oncoplastic surgery. The goal: to cure the cancer and maintain the patient's physical, psychological, and psychosexual quality of life. Through Weill Cornell Breast Center's Brightpath program, patients have access to the full range of restorative breast cancer surgery approaches, all designed to reduce physical scarring and promote emotional healing. Many studies show a major psychological benefit to woman who undergo oncoplasty.

Offering women an alternative to traditional mastectomy or standard lumpectomy, Weill Cornell breast surgeons combine surgery to remove the cancer followed by microvascular and other reconstruction techniques to restore the breast to its natural shape. Breast reconstruction may be performed at the same time as mastectomy or in a separate procedure. There are two main categories of reconstruction: implant-based reconstruction and autologous-based, which uses a woman's own tissue. Some reconstructions combine elements of both approaches.

Following extensive consultation, our surgeons develop a plan that is tailored to the particular needs and desires of the patient.

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