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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Lumpectomy (Overview)

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 supplemented by radiation therapy.


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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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Dr. Regina Hampton
141 doctors shared insights

Lumpectomy (Overview)

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 supplemented by radiation therapy.


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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 the definition or description of: lumpectomy?

What is the definition or description of: lumpectomy?

Removal of lump: 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 supplemented by radiation therapy. ...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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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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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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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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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