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Had a lumpectomy? What was your experience?

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

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 lumpectomy surgery dangerous?

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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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

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more