(Wide Local Excision)
For many women with early and small breast cancer, it is possible to treat by removing the cancerous area with a small margin of normal breast tissue. This is known as Lumpectomy or Wide local excision (WLE) and is a relatively small procedure with early recovery (approximately 2 weeks). Provided the margins are adequate, patients are then offered Radiotherapy as part of treatment for most cases.
There is good evidence that long-term survival following WLE is equivalent to mastectomy for early breast cancer. Oncoplastic techniques performed uses aesthetically placed incisions to help ensure good cosmetic outcomes in the long term.
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