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Breast Cancer: Historical Treatment: 13

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The most recent biopsy technique allows removal of slightly larger and more accurate amounts of tissue with a core needle using technology based on stereotactic mammographic guidance.      

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Breast Cancer: Historical Treatment: 14

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Surgical breast biopsy is now done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.       

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Breast Cancer: Historical Treatment: 15

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In conjunction with the newer breast-conserving operations, plastic surgical procedures offer women multiple options for breast reconstruction. The implantation of a fluid-filled (now most-commonly saline) sac beneath the pectoralis muscle restores the contour of the breast and eliminates the need for an external prosthesis. This may be done at the time of the cancer surgery or at a later time. If the skin is too tight for immediate implantation, an inflatable silicone expander can be inserted, to be later replaced with the prosthesis.     

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