Most women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t need a mastectomies. There is another option – oncoplastic surgery.

“It’s essentially a combination of traditional lumpectomy and some plastic surgery techniques,” explained Dr. Maxwell.

During a traditional lumpectomy, a doctor removes the tumor from the breast. But that leaves an empty space – which then turns into a disfiguring divet.

Dr. Maxwell, “Sometimes it’s such a defect you can tell in your clothes.”

Oncoplastic surgery uses a woman’s nearby breast tissue to fill the gap.

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