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Your journey through breast cancer surgery


This information is for anyone having surgery for breast cancer. It covers your journey through breast cancer surgery. You will learn about:

  • How to care for yourself before, during, and after surgery.
  • Different kinds of breast surgeries.
  • How your same-day surgery will take place.
  • How to do your exercises and scar massage.

Breast surgery in Alberta is a same-day surgery, so you’ll come to the hospital and go home (be discharged) on the same day. Same-day surgery is safe and most people prefer to recover at home rather than in the hospital. Your surgeon will consider your health and living arrangements to make sure it’s safe for you to go home the same day of your surgery. In special cases, you may need to stay in the hospital overnight.

If you have questions that are not answered, ask a member of your healthcare team.

If you have any urgent concerns, call your surgeon’s office.

Bring this information and a support person with you to all your health appointments. You can also see the Your Journey Through Breast Cancer (PDF) book. It shows all the parts of your journey, from getting diagnosed to getting follow-up care and everything in between.

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Your Journey Through Breast Cancer Surgery

Download or print the full breast cancer surgery book (PDF) and summary (one-page PDF) to learn more about how to navigate your way through breast cancer surgery.
Book      Summary  ​​​​​​​​

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