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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 »
Other medical terms related to medical conditions and procedures for Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy) include:
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 »
Who are candidates for Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)? A lumpectomy is used to treat several conditions including:
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:
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 »
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:
What is the Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy) recovery process? Lumpectomy is typically an outpatient procedure. You will be instructed to do the following:
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:
What is the cost of Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:
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:
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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