What to Expect During Breast Cancer Surgery

Learning you have breast cancer is a life-altering event. Finding out you need surgery to treat it can amplify your fears and leave you wondering what to expect.

To help ease your mind about your procedure, board-certified general surgeon, Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, offers insight into how she performs breast cancer removal without causing unnecessary trauma to the body.

An overview of breast cancer

Breast cancer is a disease that causes cells in your breast to grow out of control. Cancer can start in different parts of your breast, including the connective tissues, the lobules (glands) that produce milk, and the ducts that carry milk to your nipples.

The most common types of cancer are invasive ductal carcinoma, which affects the cells of your ducts, and invasive lobular carcinoma, which starts in your lobules and spreads to nearby breast tissue.

Cancerous cells can also spread out, or metastasize, from your breast into nearby lymph nodes and blood vessels.

Why you may need surgery for breast cancer

Surgery is a common part of breast cancer treatment. Depending on the type of cancer you have, Dr. Seman can perform breast surgery to do the following:

The goals of breast cancer surgery are to remove all cancerous cells to prevent their spread and to preserve as much of your healthy breast tissue as possible.

Dr. Seman performs breast cancer surgery with the highest level of precision.

There are two main surgical procedures for breast cancer.


A lumpectomy entails removing the cancer from the breast, along with a small amount of normal tissue around the lump. This is to ensure that all abnormal tissue is removed. Lumpectomy is recommended if the cancer is believed to be small and at an early stage.


A mastectomy breast removes one breast and is recommended if

the tumor is large relative to the size of the overall breast, or there are multiple tumors in separate areas of the breast.

To find out more about what you can expect from breast surgery to treat cancer, book an appointment online or over the phone with Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, today.

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