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(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. 

Clinical Photographs

Note: All images have been obtained with patient consent

Oxford Women's Health

132 Peterborough Street Christchurch 8013

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