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Will I still have feeling in my breast after breast cancer surgery?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Breast Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Usually yes

If you have a lumpectomy, you still will have feeling in your breast.
If a lot of tissue is removed from the area behind the nipple and areola you may loose some (or all) sensation of the nipple. If you have a mastectomy you will have numbness of the skin adjacent to the incision where they made the skin flaps to remove the breast.

In brief: Usually yes

If you have a lumpectomy, you still will have feeling in your breast.
If a lot of tissue is removed from the area behind the nipple and areola you may loose some (or all) sensation of the nipple. If you have a mastectomy you will have numbness of the skin adjacent to the incision where they made the skin flaps to remove the breast.
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

This depends on the type of surgery that is performed.
If the entire breast is removed (mastectomy), there will be minimal feeling. With a lumpectomy, generally feeling returns once everything heals.

In brief: Depends

This depends on the type of surgery that is performed.
If the entire breast is removed (mastectomy), there will be minimal feeling. With a lumpectomy, generally feeling returns once everything heals.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Dr. Regina Hampton
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually

If it is a lumpectomy, usually - although you may have areas of numbness or tenderness.

In brief: Usually

If it is a lumpectomy, usually - although you may have areas of numbness or tenderness.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES

There may be some numbness but usually it is not an issue following breast surgery.

In brief: YES

There may be some numbness but usually it is not an issue following breast surgery.
Dr. Scott Grover
Dr. Scott Grover
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