American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Your Breast Cancer Surgery Program

Your Breast Cancer Surgery program provides you with the knowledge and training to support your participation in your surgical preparation and optimal recovery. Diagnosis, testing and treatment options are fully reviewed. How to prepare for surgery including exercise guidelines, medication and a quit smoking plan are included. Recovery at home and complication and recurrence prevention includes exercise reinforcement, surgical site and drain care and a safe pain control plan. Self-care and additional therapies including radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and complementary therapies are explained and a Discharge Treatment Summary and Survivorship Plan is provided.

This standardized program has been developed by the American College of Surgeons along with the Commission on Cancer (COC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).


Breast Cancer Videos

Your Breast Anatomy
What is Breast Cancer?
Understanding Your Operation
Preoperative Testing and Imaging
Prepare for Your Operation
The Day of Your Operation
After Your Operation
Self Care and Recovery

ACS Patient Resources

Cancer Resources

Additional Resources

American Physical Therapy Association
American Society of Breast Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Cancer Hope Network
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
National Lymphedema Network
Stand Up To Cancer
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Young Survival Coalition