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How long does it take to recover from a lumpectomy?

How long does it take to recover from a lumpectomy?

Within 1 week: It is an outpatient procedure so you will go home the same day. Most patients experience some soreness and swelling. However by the next day, you are functional and able to take care of yourself (brush your hair, cook). Just no vigorous exercise or heavy lifting for about 1 week. Read more

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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Lumpectomy (Definition)

A lumpectomy means removal of a breast lump. It frequently is used in relation to removal of breast cancer. However it can be generalized to removal of other lumps or imaging abnormalities also. Other terminology such as excision, wide excision or a partial mastectomy usually may mean the same thing. If it is done for breast cancer frequently it needs to be ...Read more


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How much time does it take to recover from a lumpectomy?

How much time does it take to recover from a lumpectomy?

Not long: If you are vigorous prior to having your lumpectomy, the recovery (assuming you have a sentinel lymph node biopsy and not a full axillary dissection where all the nodes are removed) should be relatively quick. Most patients do not require prescription pain medications after about a week. Read more

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I had a lumpectomy 4 yrs ago & developed a Seroma after surgery & have had to have the fluid removed every year since. Why is this lasting so long?

I had a lumpectomy 4 yrs ago & developed a Seroma after surgery & have had to have the fluid removed every year since. Why is this lasting so long?

Since the exact: Cause of seroma formation is unknown, it is difficult to be able to reassure you as to how long fluid will have to be withdrown. There are a number of possible treatments with varying reports of success. Consult with an experienced Breast Surgeon for advice! Hope this helps...wish it could be better "news" Dr Z Read more

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How much time to take off work after having a breast lumpectomy?

How much time to take off work after having a breast lumpectomy?

Depends: On how large lump is and how well you tolerate surgery. Discuss with your doctor. A general recommendation would be to have 4 days off...Ie have procedure done on thursday and have off friday and weekend. Read more

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How long after a lumpectomy for benign lump will scar tissue show up on a mammagram my was 10 yrs ago. They found a density mass in rb could it be can?

How long after a lumpectomy for benign lump will scar tissue show up on a mammagram my was 10 yrs ago. They found a density mass in rb could it be can?

Post surgical: scarring will usually stabilize within 2 years after the surgery, and remain unchanged for years afterwards. A change or size increase in a scar after 10 years warrants further investigation. Read more

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My doc want me to take tamoxifen following lumpectomy for b cancer my FSH 28.5 LH 45.2 ostradiol 845 should I take it worried about side effects?

My doc want me to take tamoxifen following lumpectomy for b cancer my FSH 28.5 LH 45.2 ostradiol 845 should I take it worried about side effects?

Likely yes: You are young and likely pre or peri-menopausal so tamoxifen is the drug for you, not one of the aromatase inhibitors. Tam has been in the market for several decades and in general is very safe. Odds of serious problems like uterine cancer or clots are low in younger woman. Discuss your concerns with your oncologist. Read more

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How long is process of evaluating mass after mammogram including biopsy or lumpectomy? Then how long till radiation? Probable dcis or stage 1 ductal.

How long is process of evaluating mass after mammogram including biopsy or lumpectomy? Then how long till radiation? Probable dcis or stage 1 ductal.

3-5 weeks: Biopsy should be done soon after a suspicious lump is detected either by physical examination or mammogram. If it is cancer or dcis, a lumpectomy should follow anywhere from a few days to a few weeks later. The start of radiation depends on healing after lumpectomy, but radiation generally starts about 4 weeks later. Radiation generally takes 6-7 weeks to complete. Read more

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Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year I had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects

Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year I had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects

If: If your breast cancer was estrogen receptor-negative then you will not benefit from hormonal adjuvant therapy like tamoxifen (actually women who are past their menopause should be on Arimidex (anastrozole) not tamoxifen) either way you will not benefit from those since your mass is estrogen receptor negative. At 67 you should probably still get radiation as you still have a long life ahead of you...Especially with stage 1 cancer. You have to discuss these options with a breast surgeon... Read more

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How soon after lumpectomy does radiation begin? How long is radiation treatment if stage 1 ductal breast cancer or dcis?

How soon after lumpectomy does radiation begin? How long is radiation treatment if stage 1 ductal breast cancer or dcis?

Depends on RX: We usually begin brachytherapy within 3 weeks after surgery (duration: 5 days). External beam rt usually begins within 6 weeks (assuming chemo unnecessary) and may last 4-7 weeks depending on the protocol. Read more

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Exercise after a lumpectomy?

Exercise after a lumpectomy?

Prevent recurrence: There's growing evidence that exercise, weight loss and even fasting can increase cure rates and help in primary and secondary (recurrence) prevention of breast cancer. Check with your doctor. Read more

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When should women have a lumpectomy?

See your doctor: Any breast mass needs evaluation by a doctor. Tests such as a mammogram or an ultrasound may be needed. The mass may need to be removed, which would be called a lumpectomy. However, not all breast masses are best treated by lumpectomy. Your doctor will give you advice about the treatment options that are suitable to your case. Read more

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What is involved with a lumpectomy?

Removal of tissue: Lumpectomy is an excisional biopsy - removal of breast tissue-usually implying a breast cancer is involved and need to check margins. The site may be palpable or found by xray and needle localization - or by ultrasound. The tissue is then sent to pathology for examination and margin assestment. Read more

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Does it hurt to get a lumpectomy done?

Does it hurt to get a lumpectomy done?

Minor surgery.: A lumpectomy is typically performed as an outpatient surgery under twilight anesthesia, supplemented by a local; post-op pain well-controlled by Ibuprofen +/-hydrocodone. Most people may return to normal activities within one week. Read more

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What is normal recovery for a lumpectomy?

What is normal recovery for a lumpectomy?

"Days": Most women who undergo a lumpectomy may return to work in 2-3 days and be back to normal activities in a week (provided that was the only operation performed). The true "expert" to answer this question would be your surgeon since they may be aware of some nuances about you or your operation that may affect your recovery. Good luck! Read more

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What is a proper margin for a lumpectomy?

Is it cancer orDCIS: For the usual cancer I look for a 3mm margin if a unifocal cancer without satellites on MRI or extensive dcis around the primary cancer but dcis is a different story I look for 10mm margin if possible if 1 comedo changes (high grade with central-comedo necrosis)-which can involve juxtaopposed ducts and 2 with cribiform/ micropapillary type that can extend out a long way as a single duct. Read more

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Had a lumpectomy? What was your experience?

Good but qualified: I am the doer/surgeon and lumpectomies is what I do, but after 5, 000 I am qualified to answer. I use lumpectomy as a synonym for excisional biopsy involving cancer - the incision follows skin crease lines with the internal resection aimed radially toward the nipple paramount is preop planning/intraop imaging with ultrasound to direct the margin width - the tumor site has already been marked. Read more

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Can I travel by car after having a lumpectomy?

Yes: I let my patients travel after having a lumpectomy, but I ask that they have a friend or family member drive them. Most if the time, these patients have some sedation during the procedure that has some lingering effects. Read more

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Is 9 months after lumpectomy too late to start rads?

No: No it's not too late, particularly if you have had chemotherapy between your lumpectomy and planned radiation. Read more

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