Surgery is the first treatment for most people with breast cancer.

The two main types of breast surgery are:

Surgery can also be carried out to the lymph nodes.

Sometimes chemotherapy, hormone therapy or targeted therapy is offered before surgery.

You can find out more about going into hospital for surgery in our booklet Your operation and recovery.

Which type of surgery?

The type of surgery recommended for you will depend on several factors, such as the type and size of the cancer and where it is in the breast. Your specialist team will explain why they think a particular operation is best for you.

You may be offered a choice between having breast-conserving surgery or a mastectomy.

Find out more about the right surgery for you.

Last reviewed: August 2016
Next planned review begins 2018

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