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Exercise after a lumpectomy?

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

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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When should women have a lumpectomy?

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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What is involved with a lumpectomy ?

What is involved with a  lumpectomy ?

Removal of tissue: Lumpectomy is an excisional biopsy - removal of breast tissue-usually implying a breast cancer is involved and need to check margins. The site may be palpable or found by xray and needle localization - or by ultrasound. The tissue is then sent to pathology for examination and margin assestment. ...Read more

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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 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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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

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Can i travel by car after having a lumpectomy?

Yes: I let my patients travel after having a lumpectomy, but i ask that they have a friend or family member drive them. Most if the time, these patients have some sedation during the procedure that has some lingering effects. ...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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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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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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I just need to know if any complications could happen if i get a lumpectomy done?

No procedure: Is without risks of complications, but the risk is small from tylectomy/lumpectomy. The choice is not to have or not, it's to have a lumpectomy, if the biopsy shows cancer, or have a mastectomy, and the risk of complications rise with the magnitude of the surgery and the attempt to reconstruct. ...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?

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