A mastectomy is the total removal of breast tissue in the hopes of removing cancer, and it can be beneficial and recommended for many different types of breast cancer, such as stages one, two, and three, as well as locally recurrent breast cancer.
While undergoing mastectomy may be beneficial for you, different types can help not only your health but also the appearance of your breast.
In a traditional mastectomy, the nipples and areolas are also removed due to their connection to the milk ducts. However, in nipple-sparing mastectomies, the nipple and areola are preserved.
Here’s what you need to know about nipple-sparing mastectomies.
Can Anyone Get a Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy?
Your general surgeon will determine the necessity of removing your nipples and areolas during a mastectomy. The goal is to have total removal of breast cancer. If there is a chance or if cancer has spread to areas behind or near the nipple, then your doctor may recommend a traditional mastectomy.
Those with advanced progressions of breast cancer or presenting with tumors of a certain size may not be recommended to undergo nipple-sparing mastectomy.
Speak to your oncologist about the procedure to best understand your potential benefits and risks.
Can Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies Increase Chance of Recurrent Breast Cancer?
As researchers continue to study this question, answers have been coming in. A recent study that looked at 126 individuals who underwent nipple-sparing mastectomies found that only four had a cancer return at the 10 year mark.
While research continues, the current understanding is that nipple-sparing mastectomies do not increase the chance of recurrent breast cancer in those eligible for the procedure.
Individual cases may vary, so speaking to your doctor to understand your risks and benefits is important.
Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy in Lone Tree, CO
Breast cancer treatments alter your body, but nipple-sparing mastectomies can help retain your confidence. Because of the delicacy required for the procedure, working with board-certified surgeons is an excellent way of ensuring quality results.
Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Christopher Williams are board-certified at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery. They are driven by providing the best care they can offer.
You can expect impeccable experience and results. Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Christopher Williams performed the first nipple-sparing DIEP flap reconstruction in the Colorado region.
To learn how they can help you, call today at 303-706-1100 to schedule an appointment.