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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?

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.

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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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?

Yes: Precautions need to be addressed if you had any type of axillary lymph node biopsy / dissection at same time - then with that length of travel we suggest being fitted for a arm sleeve by a pt or ot who deals with lymphedema ---to be proactive. ...Read more

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How soon after a lumpectomy does chemo start?

How soon after a lumpectomy does chemo start?

Several weeks: If your stage of disease requires chemotherapy it usually will begin approximately 3-4 weeks after surgery. This gives the wound time to significantly heal. Starting earlier may delay wound healing; starting later may reduce the benefits of receiving treatment. Speak with your oncologist and surgeon for more information. ...Read more

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How sensitive is a woman's chest after a lumpectomy?

Varies: For benign disease usually minimal discomfort. After cancer and radiation patients often notice an occasional sudden discomfort , which is not uncommon. It could be more intense after mammosite. It varies a great deal from patient to patient. Immediately after the procedure there is some discomfort. Your surgeon can give you the details for you. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy. What are the symptoms of seroma?

I had a lumpectomy. What are the symptoms of seroma?

Postop Breast Lump: A seroma is a fluid collection that (always) develops in open cavities after surgery. In time, your body will replace this fluid with scar tissue. Rarely, the fluid will persist and require needle aspiration, sometimes repeatedly. After a lumpectomy, a seroma will feel like a persistent breast lump. If this persists months later and is causing discomfort, aspiration is indicated. ...Read more

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How soon after a lumpectomy does chemotherapy begin?

How soon after a lumpectomy does chemotherapy begin?

4-6 weeks: Usually wait 4-6 weeks as this is what was done in the trials. In addition, we usually like to be sure that all or most of the healing is complete. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How soon after a lumpectomy should chemotherapy start?

A few weeks: Typically chemo can start as soon as one has recovered from her surgery. For a lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy, it may be as little as 10 days or so. Most patients will start chemo within 3-4 weeks postop, but sometimes there are scheduling delays or delays to place a portacath etc. A reasonable wait has not been shown to decrease survival. ...Read more

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Does having a lumpectomy affect my ability to exercise?

Does having a lumpectomy affect my ability to exercise?

No: The recovery following a lumpectomy is on the order of days rather than weeks. Exercise is usually very well tolerated as soon as one week following surgery. ...Read more

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The mass has shrunk, so do I still have to have a lumpectomy?

Yes: I would assume you are talking about a breast cancer that is being treated with chemotherapy and there is no metastatic disease. Surgery is the way to go after chemotherapy even if the breast lump had completely disappeared became non-palpable. ...Read more

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Do i need a continious dressing of incision after lumpectomy?

Do i need a continious dressing of incision after lumpectomy?

Lumpectomy wound car: It is important to keep the incision clean and dry. A dressing will be necessary for a few days and then it can be left open. It would depend on the type of incision closure that was used. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy. Can i ask what the symptoms of seroma are?

Fullness, drainage: Seromas are fairly common after lumpectomy, should be distinguished from a hematoma (blood clot). Both can present with fullness (and discomfort) in the area of the surgery and drainage, although hematomas tend to drain bloody fluid and present earlier than serums. Treatment generally includes repeated aspirations in the office until the seroma resolves. If it is red, abscess if possible also. ...Read more

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If given the choice of biopsy or lumpectomy, which one is best?

If given the choice of biopsy or lumpectomy, which one is best?

Biopsy: Needle bIopsy is 97-99% accurate. Since most biopsies turn out to be benign, needle biopsies avoid unnecessary surgeries and the attendant risks. Also, a proven diagnosis of cancer by needle biopsy allows a more definitive surgical procedure and treatment planning. ...Read more

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