LUMPECTOMY DEFINITIONLumpectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove cancer or any other abnormal tissues on the breast. It is also known as breast-sparing surgery or breast-conserving surgery. It is called as such because unlike mastectomy, not the entire breast is removed, just the lumps.
LUMPECTOMY PURPOSELumpectomy is done to help medical professionals confirm or rule out a previous diagnosis of cancer. It is also considered the best treatment for women who were found with early stage of breast cancer. It is often employed to remove even non-cancerous and pre-cancerous cells, which prove to impress an abnormality.
LUMPECTOMY RISKSLike any other surgical procedure, lumpectomy often comes with uncommon, usually mild risks. Bleeding, infection, and pain may occur, especially after the procedure.
LUMPECTOMY PREPARATION REQUIREDBefore lumpectomy, you need to keep your appointments with your doctor. You need to understand the procedure and the risks that it may come along with. You will also be briefed about restrictions and specific instructions that will help prepare you for what is usually an outpatient procedure.
You might be given special instructions regarding your medications. You might also be given orders to fast at least eight hours before lumpectomy.
LUMPECTOMY PROCEDUREIn lumpectomy, a wide, local excision is created to remove the lump as well as the small tissues surrounding it to ensure that as much of the cancer is removed. It is considered a first line of treatment for patients with early stages of breast cancer.
LUMPECTOMY COMPLICATIONSTenderness of the breast, numbness, and swelling are common complications of a lumpectomy. They usually come in mild and not much of a cause for concern.
LUMPECTOMY SIDE EFFECTSThe most common side effect of lumpectomy is a change on the shape of the breast. This is especially unavoidable if a large lump or large portion of the breast is removed.
LUMPECTOMY RESULTSAfter lumpectomy, the portion that is removed will be submitted to a laboratory for examination. Depending on what the pathologist may find out, you will be advised for more treatment as recommended or needed.