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How normal does a breast look after lumpectomy?

How normal does a breast look after lumpectomy?

Very normal: Most skilled surgeons are able to remove "lumps" without deforming the shape of the breast. Unless large amounts of tissue are removed, or the lump is very close to the breast skin surface deformities are rare. ...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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Is it normal to have fluid swooshing around in the top and side portion of my right breast 3days after lumpectomy? I feel my breast is 1/2 cup larger

Is it normal to have fluid swooshing around in the top and side portion of my right breast 3days after lumpectomy? I feel my breast is 1/2 cup larger

Swelling after: surgery is common. I do not know how large an area was removed at your surgery too. Fluid (seroma) after breast surgery is also common. If there is excess breast enlargement, significant breast diffuse bruising, or increasing breast redness contact your surgeon right away. And be sure to see your surgeon for an exam soon to be sure you are healing properly. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy on my right breast 10 days ago. Now it is all red and I have pain on the other side. Is this normal?

I had a lumpectomy on my right breast 10 days ago. Now it is all red and I have pain on the other side. Is this normal?

Call your surgeon: Please call and discuss this with your surgeon. He/she may want to evaluate this in the office. Infection needs to be ruled out. Good luck! ...Read more

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My daughter had a lumpectomy last feb. Removing about 1/4 of her breast tissue. Now her breast has filled in and looks like the other.Is this normal?

My daughter had a lumpectomy last feb. Removing about 1/4 of her breast tissue. Now her breast has filled in and looks like the other.Is this normal?

Good cosmetic result: The breast is very forgiving to surgeons. Even a generous lumpectomy should have a good cosmetic result. One of the tenets of breast preservation surgery is the maintenance of a normal appearing breast. If a surgeon does not feel they can provide a good cosmetic outcome, alternatives such as mastectomy with reconstruction might be offered. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia. Last mammogram was fine. Now I'm having heaviness in same breast. Normal?

Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia.  Last mammogram was fine.  Now I'm having heaviness in same breast.  Normal?

Need medical checkup: It is not uncommon to have some numbness/heaviness after surgery in any area of your body. This can take up 1 to 2 years to completely normalize. But you should have annual clinical breast examinations with your doctor who did breast surgery and seek his advice. An annual mammogram is also recommended. ...Read more

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I had breast lumpectomy 2 years ago, radiotherapy and am on zoladex (goserelin). I feel that I have never regained full health. Is it normal?

I had breast lumpectomy 2 years ago, radiotherapy and am on zoladex (goserelin). I feel that I have never regained full health. Is it normal?

Like menopause: Zoladex (goserelin) is a medication that blocks production of ovarian hormones so you are in a medically induced menopause. Accordingly, you will have all the medical issues associated with that. No wonder you haven't felt "normal.". ...Read more

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Dx w Left breast cancer. Had 10/30 radiation tx after lumpectomy with slb (0/3). Having shooting pain in L arm w/numb hand & shoulder pain.normal?

Not normal: The removal of the breast lesion would not cause hooting pain down the arm. This is most likely related to the sentinel node removal which if adjacent to the chest wall may have caught long thoracic or thoracodorsal nerve resulting in temporary inflammation ih that region which should resolve. ...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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Pain in chest and breast 3 years post lumpectomy?

Pain in chest and breast 3 years post lumpectomy?

Not rare: Not uncommon to have residual pain in the chest/ breast after lumpectomy and radiation perhaps due to scar tissue and nerve damage. Tell your doc about it and tell him/her if it is a constant, stable problem or if it has worsened lately. Also, make sure you get mammos as scheduled and keep notice of new lumps or masses. ...Read more

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Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Don't Let Price...: ...Influence your decision. Treatment may require surgery+/-radiationrx+/-chemorx, therefore looking at the cost of these operations alone are misleading. For example, radiationrx is mandatory after lumpectomy, so any price comparison would have to include this. Most importantly, if uninsured, there are many people & hospitals in the healthcare community that will assist cancer patients. ...Read more

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How effective is a lumpectomy for treating breast cancer?

How effective is a lumpectomy for treating breast cancer?

It depends. : On how small, well differentiated and how localized breast CA is. Sometimes it needs radiation treatment and Sometimes adjuvant Chemo therapy. ...Read more

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I've had lumpectomy for breast ca which was grade 3 had chemo now drs want me to have rads and temoxifin i don't want this what should I do?

Radiation and pill: 1. Radiation is absolutely indicated after lumpectomy to prevent local recurrence. 2. The pill tamoxifen decreases your risk of relapse for about 12-15% so also very imp. Just like surgery and chemo as good foundation, you want to build up on it to maximize your cure rate. You also have high grade or grade 3 tumor so even more imp to pursue these adjuvant therapies. Goodluck. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy a month ago and my breast feels like I have a burning sensation in it?

Still in : Post operative period, so it is probably just healing pain. If it is red or hard, or if you have fever or chills, see your surgeon because it could be delayed infection or bleeding. Otherwise, apply heat, rest, and wait for full healing. I hope the lump was benign. ...Read more

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Fluid accumlation in breast follwing breast CA and lumpectomy. Shows up on CXR 4 months after lumpectom. Size is 5 x 7 cm. Why?

Fluid accumlation in breast follwing breast CA and lumpectomy.  Shows up on CXR 4 months after lumpectom.  Size is 5 x 7 cm.  Why?

Possibly seroma: This is probably fluid collection or seroma in the resection cavity, especially if you also received radiation therapy. However, CXR is not the imaging modality of choice to diagnose this condition. I would suggest to see your breast surgeon, get an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and if there are symptoms or other indications an aspiration may be considered. ...Read more

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I had lumpectomy following breast ca then had chemo which i finished in october last yr is it too late for me to start rads now?

I had lumpectomy following breast ca then had chemo which i finished in october last yr   is it too late for  me to start rads now?

No: Please talk it over with your surgeon or your medical oncologist and ask for a referral to a radiation oncologist. Since you have had a few month of gap please follow as soon as possible to get the proper treatment. Adding radiation therapy to lumpectomy significantly reduces recurrence rate and also has been shown to improve the survival rate in breast cancer patients. ...Read more

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What would doctors recommend, breast reconstruction with mastectomy or lumpectomy?

What would doctors recommend, breast reconstruction with mastectomy or lumpectomy?

Depends: Too many individual factors to give a blanket answer. Most time, radiation is added to lumpectomy patients and this can negatively affect subsequent reconstruction if needed. Both treatments are considered equal in terms or survival with a slight increase in local recurrence with lumpectomy. ...Read more

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Is imrt a much better option than 3dcrt for me who had a lumpectomy done for dcis on my right breast ?

Is imrt a much better option than 3dcrt for me who had a lumpectomy done for dcis on my right breast ?

Probably Not: Imrt is not generally used for right side dcis as there is usually no or little benefit over imrt and in fact I have seen imrt plans look worse. Imrt may be recommended to treat the right breast in certain situations such as for women with very large breasts, prior radiation therapy to a nearby area, or trouble positioning their arm above their head to name a few. ...Read more

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