Mastectomy and lumpectomy are both performed to remove breast cancer. Both are effective but they differ in some features which we will discuss further. Your doctor will help you decide which is best for you.
|Surgical removal of the entire breast.||Breast-conserving surgery in which a portion of the breast containing the cancer tissue is removed.|
|It is a major surgery done under general anaesthesia.||It is a less extensive surgery performed under general anaesthesia.|
|Recovery ranges from 4-8 weeks depending on whether lymph nodes were removed or if breast reconstruction was performed.||Recovery ranges from a few days to 2 weeks depending on whether lymph nodes were removed or not.|
|There is no chance of recurrence.||Chances of recurrence of the lump.|