Lumpectomy or Partial Mastectomy
A lumpectomy or partial mastectomy removes cancerous tissue within the breast, while leaving healthy, non-cancerous tissue intact. This procedure often removes a predetermined segment of the breast, anywhere from a lump to an entire quadrant, to ensure complete removal of all cancerous tissue. Lymph nodes may also be excised during this procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia.
The Lumpectomy Procedure
The goal of lumpectomy is to excise a cancer with clear margins (no residual microscopic tumor is left behind). Radiation therapy is usually administered after surgery to ensure complete eradication of residual cancer cells. Radiation with lumpectomy or partial mastectomy has almost an equivalent cure rate to mastectomy. The only difference is that the remaining breast will require routine surveillance for several years. This is also known as Breast Conservation Surgery.
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