Breast cancer is generally malignant (spreads to other body parts), usually begins in the lobules (milk-producing glands) or ducts (milk-draining passages extending from the lobules to the nipple) and can sometimes occur in the fatty and fibrous breast tissues. Breast cancer surgery involves the surgical removal of a tumour to prevent the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body. The surgical procedure to remove the tumour depends on the size and type of cancer. Your surgeon may excise the tumour as a lump along with a portion of healthy surrounding tissue (wide local excision) or remove the completely affected breast (mastectomy). Lymph glands may also be checked for the presence of cancer and removed during these procedures.
To restore the shape of breasts after mastectomy another surgical procedure called breast reconstruction is performed.
Primary breast reconstruction involves reconstructing the breasts immediately after excising a part or complete breast tissue. . However, immediate breast reconstruction may not be preferred if the patient must undergo radiation therapy after breast cancer surgery. Delayed reconstruction can be performed at any time following removal of a part or the complete breast if further cancer treatments are not needed. This surgery is performed even after several years following breast removal.
Dr Fosh works closely with the plastic surgeons at Adelaide Plastic Surgery.
She works with Nick Marshall, Bernard Carney and Amy Jeeves who all specialise in breast reconstruction.
Dr Fosh and Dr Jeeves have a joint clinic every 2 weeks to see all their patients and give them all the options.
They have a joint theatre list once a month.
Dr Amy Jeeves