For women diagnosed with breast cancer, surgery plays a crucial role in treatment. Traditionally, the focus has been on removing the cancerous tissue, often leading to significant changes in breast appearance. Oncoplastic breast surgery offers a unique approach, combining cancer removal with techniques from plastic surgery to achieve both optimal oncological outcomes and a more natural-looking breast. Please consult your problem with Dr. Schwartz.

The Art of Balancing Oncology and Aesthetics

The term “oncoplastic” itself hints at the synergy between these two surgical specialties. “Onco” refers to tumors, while “plastic” signifies molding or shaping. Oncoplastic breast surgery doesn’t encompass a specific procedure but rather a philosophy that prioritizes both cancer removal and a good cosmetic outcome. This is achieved by a specially trained surgeon who possesses expertise in both oncological principles and breast aesthetics.

Why Choose Oncoplastic Surgery?

While lumpectomy, which removes only the cancerous tissue and a small margin of healthy tissue, is a preferred option for many women, it can sometimes leave behind a noticeable indentation or asymmetry. Oncoplastic surgery addresses these concerns by incorporating techniques used in breast reduction or lift procedures during the same surgery. This allows for a more aesthetically pleasing outcome without compromising on cancer removal.

Benefits of Oncoplastic Surgery

  • Improved Cosmetic Results: Oncoplastic surgery can minimize scarring, correct asymmetry between breasts, and maintain a natural breast shape after tumor removal. This can significantly boost a woman’s self-esteem and body image during and after breast cancer treatment.
  • Reduced Need for Additional Procedures: By incorporating reconstructive techniques during the initial surgery, oncoplastic surgery eliminates the need for a separate procedure later, minimizing emotional and physical stress for the patient.
  • Potential for Wider Excisions: In some cases, oncoplastic techniques can allow for the removal of larger tumors while maintaining a good cosmetic outcome. This can be beneficial for achieving clear margins and reducing the risk of recurrence.

Who is a Candidate for Oncoplastic Surgery?

Not all women with breast cancer are candidates for oncoplastic surgery. The suitability depends on several factors, including:

  • Tumor size and location
  • Breast size and shape
  • Stage of cancer
  • Patient’s overall health and preferences

A consultation with a qualified oncoplastic surgeon is crucial to determine if this approach is right for you. During the consultation, the surgeon will discuss your medical history, perform a physical examination, and review your diagnostic images to assess your candidacy and develop a personalized treatment plan.


Oncoplastic breast surgery offers a valuable option for women diagnosed with breast cancer. By combining cancer removal with cosmetic considerations, this approach allows for optimal oncological outcomes while promoting a positive body image and emotional well-being throughout the treatment journey. If you are facing breast cancer surgery, discuss the possibility of oncoplastic surgery with your doctor to see if it can benefit your specific situation.