Oncoplastic reconstruction is the combination of oncologic surgery and plastic surgery. The same techniques that are used to improve the appearance of the breast can be used to allow access to remove tumors from the breast while improving the overall shape and appearance.
The tumors of the breast can be localized with either ultrasound or mammography. The mastopexy or breast lift pattern can then be used or modified to surround the tumor. At the time of surgery, while the cavity is exposed, radiation therapy can be delivered intra-operatively. The affords the patient the option of receiving radiation at the time of surgery.