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Preparing for surgery

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Surgery is a standard part of breast cancer treatment. Almost everyone diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer has some surgery. Sometimes, people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer have surgery, too.

If you undergo a lumpectomy surgery, you will likely have a localization procedure before the surgery. Learn more about localization on the Surgery page.

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Video: Post Op: Waking Up to the New You

Learn about what to expect after breast cancer surgery from people like you. Hear about what it feels like to wake up after surgery, tips on how to stay comfortable, and how to handle drains.

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Reviewed and updated: October 9, 2023

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