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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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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 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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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 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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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.

Depends? Sentinel LN: From mammo. To biopsy core 48 to 72 hours. Final pathology 2 to 3 days if positive and they run the hormone panel er / pr / her -2 oncogene. Definitive lumpectomy / sln biopsy +/_ axillary diss. In 1 to 2 weeks depending on md / hospital schedule. Healing 1 to 2 weeks. Then XRT unless not stage 1 or 0 (dcis) ie stage 2 with high oncotypedx rscore then chemotherapy first -same for her2 +. ...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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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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Is lumpectomy surgery dangerous?

No : Although, no surgery should be considered trivial - lumpectomy typically takes only 30 - 45 minutes, and may be done under local anesthesia with sedation if the patient's condition warrants it or the patient desires it. Complications are unusual - things like wound infection or bleeding into the lumpectomy site. ...Read more

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Can i travel to asia after lumpectomy?

Can i travel to asia after lumpectomy?

Hopefully yes: It all depends to the reason for your lumpectomy. If it was part of breast cancer treatment, many times you will need radiation treatment afterwards. In case you need chemotherapy, then it may be given first and then radiation. After recovery from all your treatments you should be able to travel freely. However you need to check with all your treating physicians to get their approval for traveling. ...Read more

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