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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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Why would a doctor perform a lumpectomy?

Why would a doctor perform a lumpectomy?

Breast conservation: A lumpectomy is performed to remove breast cancer with a margin of normal tissue around it. This is performed in order to conserve the breast. We know that having a lumpectomy with radiation versus a mastectomy has the same survival outcome. ...Read more

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Lump beneath lumpectomy area two weeks after chemotherapy?

See your doctor: This could just be scarring from the lumpectomy, but you really must see your doctor to have them examine it. You might need to have an ultrasound or some other test to check it out. ...Read more

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What does a call to go back to the surgeon mean? I had a lumpectomy?

What does a call to go back to the surgeon mean? I had a lumpectomy?

Routine: Following any operation, it is important to see your surgeon within 1-2 weeks to be certain there were no postoperative complications. Furthermore, it is important to discuss what was found at surgery and what the next steps might be. ...Read more

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What could a call to go back to the surgeon mean after a lumpectomy?

What could a call to go back to the surgeon mean after a lumpectomy?

Need more surgery: This could mean that the surgical area has positive margins-i.e. There is still part of the mass/tumor left. You want negative margins which means all of the tumor is gone. I highly recommend you contact your surgeon to speak about this in detail. An in-person visit will allow you to get all of your questions answered. Take a friend or family member as an extra pair of ears. ...Read more

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Having a lumpectomy and concerned that the surgeon might remove areola. Is this possible?

Having a lumpectomy and concerned that the surgeon might remove areola. Is this possible?

Speak with surgeon: Your surgeon should be able to tell you where the incision will be and approximate the amount of tissue to be removed. The areola is not usually removed unless your tumor is close to the nipple. If you are not comfortable talking with the surgeon, then get a 2nd opinion from another surgeon at a breast center. ...Read more

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Having a lumpectomy and concerned that the surgeon might remove areola. Will this be the case?

Depends: This depends on where your cancer is located. I recommend you meet with your surgeon again she/he can discuss the details and show where the incision will be placed. If the tumor is near the nipple, then a breast mrican be helpful. ...Read more

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I had a lumpectomy and the dr said i needed to wear supportive bras. Are yoga bras or sport bras supportive?

I had a lumpectomy and the dr said i needed to wear supportive bras. Are yoga bras or sport bras supportive?

It depends: It depends on the bra itself and your size. I think the doctor just means don't use an old funky bra that doesn't hold you up against gravity. ...Read more

Thyroid (Definition)

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