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Update on oncoplastic breast surgery.

Department of Surgery, Breast Unit, School of Medicine, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. .
European review for medical and pharmacological sciences (Impact Factor: 0.99). 11/2012; 16(11):1530-40.
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ABSTRACT Oncoplastic surgery of the breast (OPS) has generated great excitement over the past years and has become an integrated component of the surgical treatment of breast cancer. Oncoplastic surgical procedures associate the best surgical oncologic principles to achieve wide tumor-free margins with the best principles of plastic surgery to optimize cosmetic outcomes. Thanks to oncoplastic techniques, the role of breast conserving surgery (BCS) has been extended to include a group of patients who would otherwise require mastectomy to achieve adeguate tumor clearance. As OPS continues to gain acceptance and diffusion, an optimal and systematic approach to these techniques is becoming increasingly necessary. This article has the aim to review the essential principles and techniques associated with oncoplastic surgery, based on the data acquired through an extensive search of the PUBMED and MEDLINE database for articles published using the key words "breast cancer oncoplastic surgery". This review analyzes possible the advantages", classifications, indications, and the criteria for a proper selection of oncoplastic techniques to facilitate one's ability to master these procedures and make OPS a safe and an effective procedure.

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