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Overview: Lumpectomy is a surgical treatment done to remove cancer or other abnormal tissue from your breast. The aim of lumpectomy is to remove abnormal tissues while maintaining the appearance of your breast. Breast lumpectomy will ideally be recommended to you if a biopsy has shown that you have early-stage breast cancer. Lumpectomy surgery either helps to confirm a diagnosis of cancer or to rule it out completely. It is also the first treatment option to detect early-stage breast cancer. In instances when cancer is found, lumpectomy is usually followed by radiation therapy to the breast to reduce the risk of Cancer returning.
After the area of your breast that contains the abnormality is located, your lumpectomy procedure begins. A lumpectomy is performed using general anesthesia, so you won’t feel much.
Your breast surgeon will make an incision over the tumor, remove the tumor and some surrounding tissue, and send it to the lab for analysis. The surgeon will then close the incisions while preserving the appearance of your breast. This is done using stitches that will either dissolve on their own or be removed later on by your doctor.
Lumpectomy can carry some possible side effects such as:
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