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Breast Cancer Surgery

Helping You Remove Cancer and Maintain a Natural-Looking Appearance

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At MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, our dedicated breast surgeons play an important role in your care journey. We offer a broad range of treatments to remove cancer and help you maintain a natural-looking appearance. We take time to explain your options and together make a plan to help you look and feel your best. 

Breast Cancer Surgery at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center: Why Choose Us?

Our team includes two breast surgeons. Both surgeons have years of experience performing a high volume of procedures, including mastectomy. For some breast cancer patients, our plastic surgeons perform reconstructive surgery.  

Meet our breast surgeons:

Our surgeons use all the latest techniques, including breast-conserving lumpectomy (removing only the tumor) instead of mastectomy (removing the entire breast). This commitment to high care standards helps MultiCare maintain accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

Get a Second Opinion

If you have questions about your diagnosis or cancer care plan, our breast surgeons stand ready to help. Second opinions are often covered by insurance and give you the opportunity to talk with us about the care that’s best for you. 

For more information or to request an appointment, please call us at 253-403-6399 or complete our appointment request form.

Breast Cancer Surgery Procedures

Our breast surgeons perform a broad range of procedures including:

Breast biopsy

We may perform surgery to take a small sample of tissue (breast biopsy). A doctor called a pathologist examines the tissue under a microscope, which helps us confirm or rule out breast cancer. Minimally invasive techniques allow us to perform biopsies through small incisions so you can recover faster. 

If it’s possible the cancer has spread, we look for cancer cells in the nearby lymph nodes. These small, fluid-filled sacs are near your armpit. If we find abnormal cells we remove a sample during a procedure known as a sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Cancer treatment

Surgical procedures for treating breast cancer include:

  • Lumpectomy: We remove the cancer and some nearby healthy tissue. You retain most of your natural breast tissue, but breasts may lose some fullness.
  • Mastectomy: During a mastectomy, we remove the entire breast. If appropriate, we may preserve the nipple and skin, which helps some women achieve a more natural appearance after reconstructive surgery. 
  • Axillary lymph node dissection: If we find signs of cancer in the lymph nodes near your armpit, we remove them. 

Reconstructive surgery

Some women undergo reconstructive surgery after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. We use tissue from other areas of your body, as well as implants when necessary, to create breasts with a natural look and feel. 

The timing of reconstructive surgery is different for each woman. It may occur:

  • The same day as your breast cancer surgery 
  • As a separate procedure after you have recovered from your original surgery
  • Before or after chemotherapy or radiation treatments

Safe, Precise Breast Surgery with SAVI SCOUT®

When appropriate, we implant a tiny device (SAVI SCOUT®) that allows our breast surgeons to accurately pinpoint the cancer during surgery. Unlike other techniques, this device uses no radiation or wires. During surgery, SCOUT uses real-time radar technology to locate the cancer with a high degree of accuracy. SCOUT increases the chances of completely removing the cancer while minimizing disruption to healthy tissue. 

SCOUT helps you have an excellent surgical experience from start to finish. Additional benefits include:  

  • The convenience of implanting SCOUT in advance of your surgery instead of on surgery day so you have one less thing to worry about the day of surgery
  • Lowered chance of needing additional cancer removal procedures
  • Less scarring after the incisions heal 

Contact Us

For more information or to request an appointment, please call us at 253-403-6399 or complete our appointment request form.