Breast Cancer: Surgery

Pictured: Monica Morrow Surgical oncologist Monica Morrow has conducted studies to identify factors that can determine when lumpectomy could lead to the same outcomes as more-aggressive procedures.

Surgery is usually the first treatment for breast cancer. At one time, most women were treated by a radical mastectomy — the removal of the entire breast and the muscles of the chest wall. Surgical techniques have been refined over the years, however. Today, in many cases, it is possible to remove less of the normal breast tissue, and radical mastectomy is not necessary.

Learn more about our comprehensive approach to surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering.