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What Is a Lumpectomy?

A lumpectomy is an option for some patients who want to preserve the appearance of the breast. If the tumor is cancerous, you will most likely receive radiation therapy after your lumpectomy. The surgery can help in lowering the risks of recurring breast cancer, and it can also be used to remove precancerous abnormalities. 

The surgery can help in lowering the risks of recurring breast cancer, and it can also be used to remove precancerous abnormalities.

If you have multiple tumors, a very large tumor, or cancer that has spread throughout your breast, a full mastectomy may be recommended over a lumpectomy.  But sometimes we can offer hormonal therapy or chemotherapy to reduce the size of the tumor before surgery.  This is called neoadjuvant therapy.

When deciding whether to opt for a lumpectomy, I take a detailed medical history so the patient can determine if this surgery is a good option. Lumpectomies are performed so we can keep the natural look and feel of our patients' breasts, but this is not always the best option.

A lumpectomy is considered a form of breast preservation or breast conserving surgery since the whole breast is not removed. The appearance of a woman's breast can impact her self-esteem and mental and emotional well-being. Not only do women with breast cancer worry about their disease, but they are also rightfully concerned about how their condition will impact the appearance of their bodies.

A lumpectomy can be performed when a woman has just one tumor, and only if it is a small or medium size tumor. In these cases, we can go into the breast and only remove the tumor, leaving the rest of the breast tissue. Many times this procedure is followed by radiation therapy as a method to treat or rid potential cancer cells.

After a lumpectomy, the breast can still have a natural shape and a good cosmetic appearance. And we always provide our patients with realistic expectations and what they can expect after surgery.