Medical Procedures

Axillary Node Dissection

After this surgery you will have an incision under the arm and a plastic drainage tube (a Jackson Pratt Drain). This drainage tube will be connected to a plastic bulb which will collect fluid from the operative site. The drain will need to stay in place until the fluid stops draining, usually in about a week. Read More >

Core Biopsy / Rotational Core Biopsy

This type of biopsy uses a needle which removes cores or pieces of the breast from an area of concern in the breast. This can be done to sample a lump in the breast or an area which is abnormal on mammogram. Read More >

Lumpectomy / Partial Mastectomy

After the surgery your breast will be bruised and sore. Sometimes the area of bruising can be quite large. It is helpful to wear a supportive bra after the surgery and to wear it to bed at night for several nights until you are more comfortable. Read More >


Lymphedema is the term given to swelling of the arm and hand which can occur after treatment for breast cancer. The lymph nodes and lymphatics (lymph channels) carry fluid from the arm and hand, filter it and then return it to the bloodstream. Read More >

Partial Breast Irradiation

Partial Breast Irradiation, also known as PBI, is a technique for giving radiation to the breast in women who have had a lumpectomy as part of their surgical treatment for breast cancer. Read More >


After this procedure you can expect a scar across your chest where the breast was. No muscle is removed during this procedure. Read More >

Duct Excision

A duct excision is most commonly done in the treatment of a ductal papilloma. This involves making an incision in the areola and nipple to isolate and remove the duct containing the papilloma. Read More >

Port Placement Surgery

After your surgery you will see 2 incisions: a small incision just below the collarbone where the catheter was placed into the vein and a larger incision a little lower on the chest. Read More >

Sentinel Node Biopsy

This incision will be located under the arm and will be covered by a clear plastic bandage. Please remove this bandage on post op day number 2 or sooner if you notice any redness, pain or blistering. Read More >

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials are studies that are done to determine whether one treatment is as good as or better than another. The information gathered from clinical trials is used to establish currently recommended treatments. Read More >