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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2007 Jul 21;151(29):1623-7.

[Oncoplastic surgery of the breast: a combination of oncological and plastic surgery].

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  • 1Erasmus MC-Daniel den Hoed Oncologisch Centrum, afd. Chirurgische Oncologie, Postbus 5201, 3008 AE Rotterdam.


The term oncoplastic surgery refers to surgery on the basis of oncological principles during which the techniques of plastic surgery are used, mostly for reconstructive and cosmetic reasons. The advantage ofoncoplastic surgery for breast cancer is the possibility of performing a wider excision of the tumour with a good cosmetic result. Oncoplastic surgery is a broad concept that can be used for several different combinations of oncological surgery and plastic surgery: mastectomy and immediate reconstruction of the breast, partial mastectomy and reconstruction, excision of the tumour by reduction mammoplasty, and tumour excision followed by remodelling mammoplasty. Oncoplastic surgery requires careful preoperative planning, which is essential in all forms of breast-sparing surgery. Oncoplastic principles can easily be applied to basic breast-sparing surgery, but one can also choose to increase the possibilities of breast surgery by organising good cooperation between the oncological surgeon and the plastic surgeon.

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