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Basic surgery for breast cancer and the management of margins 

Basic surgery for breast cancer and the management of margins
Basic surgery for breast cancer and the management of margins

James Harvey

, Sue Down

, Rachel Bright-Thomas

, John Winstanley

, and Hugh Bishop

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date: 03 July 2022

Basic surgery for Breast Cancer and the Management of Margins. This chapter details the decisions that need to made in the peri-operative period. These include direction on which breast operation is most suitable (breast conserving surgery, mastectomy, reconstruction, mammaplasty) for any given patient. Management of the axilla is a controversial current topic and readers are taken through from which operation to choose in the axilla (sentinel node biopsy or clearance) to more complex topics of how to manage minimal axillary disease and micrometastasis. The current evidence base of axillary surgery is presented along with Further Reading directing readers to the seminal papers.

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