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Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)

Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy): Introduction

Lumpectomy is the surgical procedure where a cancerous lump or tumor in the breast is removed. The procedure is recommended only for those patients with less than a quarter of the breast involved....more »

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Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy): Related Terms

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Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy): Overview

What is Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)? Lumpectomy, also called partial mastectomy, is the removal of part of the breast and sometimes nearby lymph nodes to remove suspected cancerous cells. It is the most common type of breast cancer surgery. Lumpectomy is followed by radiation therapy for approximately six weeks to destroy any cancer cells that may still be in the breast tissue....more »

Profile: Patient Candidates for Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)

Who are candidates for Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)? A lumpectomy is used to treat several conditions including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Fibrous breast diseases
  • Breast cysts
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Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy): Treatment Options

What are alternatives to Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)? A lumpectomy is performed with the specific intention of removing unwanted or unnecessary tissue from the breast. If extensive cancer is diagnosed, full removal of the breast (mastectomy) is advised to treat the cancer. When a lumpectomy is performed to remove cancerous breast tissue, a number of other treatment options are available, including:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Integrative medicine
  • Women's health
  • Physical therapy
  • Physical therapy for lymphedema (swelling)

Your treatment options depend on a number of factors including your age and menopausal status, general health, the size and location of the tumor and the stage of the cancer. In addition, the results of lab tests and the size of your breasts are considered. Certain features of the tumor cells (such as whether they depend on hormones to grow) are also considered. In most cases, the most important factor is the stage of the disease. The stage is based on the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread....more »

Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy): Preparing for Surgery

How do you prepare for Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)? Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.

It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.

Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.

Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:

  • Completely empty your colon and cleanse your intestines prior to surgery. You may be requested to drink clear liquids only for one or several days prior to surgery.
  • Stop eating or drinking after midnight the night before the operation except medications that your doctor has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water the morning of surgery.
  • Plan for your care and recovery after the operation. Find someone to drive you home after the surgery. Allow for time to rest and try to find people to help you with your day-to-day duties.
  • Stop smoking at least six to eight weeks prior to surgery as smoking delays wound healing. Smokers are also more likely to have breathing problems during surgery.
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Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy): Recovery After Surgery

What is the Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy) recovery process? Lumpectomy is typically an outpatient procedure. You will be instructed to do the following:

  • Keep the surgical area clean and dry.
  • Keep a bandage over the surgical site and may have one or more tubes to drain blood and fluids that collect during the healing process. You must empty the drains, measure the fluid, and report any problems that your doctor may tell you to watch out for.
  • Avoid vigorous activity for about four weeks, or as directed by your doctor.
  • Try not to lift anything heavier than five pounds for about a week, or longer if directed by your doctor.
  • Wear a well-fitting, very supportive bra 24 hours a day for the first week.

If you've had lymph nodes removed, your arm is at risk of fluid accumulation and swelling (lymphedema) and/or serious infection (lymphangitis). You'll need to take some special precautions:

  • Don't have blood pressure taken, blood drawn, or shots given in affected arm.
  • Wear gloves to do dishes, household scrubbing, and yard work.
  • Don't wear anything tight on the affected arm, including elastic in sleeves.
  • Don't carry heavy packages, purses, suitcases, grocery bags, etc. with the affected arm.
  • Moisturize the skin of the affected arm with a lanolin-containing product.
  • Use an electric shaver to shave your armpits.
  • Avoid sunburn.
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Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy): Costs of Surgery

What is the cost of Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Pre-existing health
  • Insurance co-pay
  • Location of the facility

These factors vary depending on you and your situation.

The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.

The detailed cost estimate for Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy), includes costs for:

  • Needle or tissue sampling (biopsy) using either a scalpel or vacuum-assisted devices while under the guidance of ultrasound, MRI or other stereotactic diagnostic imaging
  • and partial mastectomy (breast lump removal usually with lymph nodes from same side).

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Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy): Find a Surgeon or Specialist

Where can I find a Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy) doctor or surgeon? Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy) is typically performed by doctors specializing in General Surgery. Nationally, there are 27988 practicing General Surgeons. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy) doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!

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