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Mastectomy

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer or are at especially high risk, the renowned experts at the Jefferson Breast Care Center will carefully guide you through the available treatment options and provide personalized care that takes into account all your medical and emotional needs.

Our team of oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and other breast cancer specialists will work with you and your family to determine if mastectomy is the best treatment for you or if you would benefit from a breast-sparing procedure such as lumpectomy.

What Does Mastectomy Involve?

If it is determined that breast conservation is not an option or if you choose a mastectomy for treatment of breast cancer, Jefferson's skilled plastic surgeons may be able to provide immediate breast reconstruction. Our surgeons are experienced in performing many different reconstruction procedures, including an innovative technique that uses an implant filled with tissue transferred from the back, belly or buttocks. Through this procedure, called latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction, surgeons are able to take tissue from the back to maintain the new breast's shape until a permanent implant can be put in.

Why Choose Jefferson for Breast Cancer Treatment in Philadelphia?

No matter what treatment you receive, our specially trained nurse breast care coordinator will assist you at every step to ensure you receive the support, information and resources you need. The coordinator will handle the logistics of your care and address any concerns you may have with your medical and support team.

The Jefferson Breast Care Center has full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers (NAPBC). Administered by the American College of Surgeons, the NAPBC recognizes centers that achieve the highest standards for breast cancer treatment in the areas of leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.