Cancer Program


New Orleans Breast Cancer Surgery

Advanced treatment for breast cancer

Touro offers comprehensive care for patients with any stage of breast cancer. We strive to preserve critical functions, prevent disease recurrence, and improve your quality of life. Our breast cancer surgery program is led by an expert breast surgical oncologist who works hand-in-hand with plastic and reconstructive surgeons to improve patients’ cosmetic results.

Breast surgical procedures offered at Touro include:

  • Axillary node dissection
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Radioactive seed localization
  • Hidden scar breast cancer surgery
  • Lumpectomy / Breast Conservation
  • Mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic surgery
  • Simultaneous and staged reconstruction
  • Preventative mastectomy

Mastectomy & lumpectomy surgery

During a mastectomy, the entire breast and some nearby tissues are removed. As opposed to Lumpectomy, or breast-conserving surgery, wherein most of the breast is kept intact and radiation may be necessary. A mastectomy is a more extensive surgery. Sometimes a mastectomy is a better option that breast-conserving surgery because of the type of breast cancer in the patient, the size of the patient’s tumor, and the patient’s previous treatments.

Though some women worry that breast-conserving surgery will leave them at risk of developing cancer again later on. In reality, a mastectomy does not provide a better chance of survival than more conservative surgeries.

Radioactive seed localized breast surgery

Touro is proud to be the first hospital in New Orleans and the Gulf South to offer radioactive seed localized (RSL) breast surgery. Breast imaging technology has evolved to allow many breast abnormalities and cancers to be detected before they can be observed through a physical exam. While this refinement allows doctors to identify problems early on, it also creates a challenge to precisely locate the affected tissue.

RSL allows a radiologist and surgeon to accurately target lesions in the breast. John Colfry, MD, breast surgical oncologist, and Daniel Rupley, MD, radiologist, completed training at MD Anderson Cancer Center and are excited to bring RSL to patients in Louisiana.

RSL offers many benefits to patients compared with surgery that uses wires to locate the tumor. The radiologist performing RSL will inject anesthetic to numb the area before starting the procedure. Next, he or she will place a low-energy radioactive seed in the abnormal breast tissue via ultrasound or mammographic guidance.

The seed – a rice-sized marker – can be positioned one to five days before surgery. During the surgery, a handheld gamma probe will be used to more precisely identify and remove the tumor by obtaining a 3D view of the tumor’s location. This also allows for an accurate plan to make the surgical incision.

Compared to wire localization, RSL is a more positive experience for patients because it:

  • Removes less tissue
  • Disturbs less healthy tissue
  • Provides more comfort
  • Decreases time of operation
  • Leaves the breast with a more natural look

Learn more about Radioactive Seed Localized Breast Surgery at Touro here.

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

Patients who are concerned about the size and appearance of a scar after breast cancer surgery may be able to undergo hidden scar surgery. This method involves making a single incision at the natural crease below the breast, where it is better hidden from view. The hidden scar method can help preserve the nipple, areola, and other surrounding tissue.

Find additional information about Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery at Touro here.