Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation

Surgical Oncologists & Robotic Surgery Specialists located in West Hills, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA

If you need a lumpectomy, you want to choose a specialist who is highly skilled at the procedure and who performs lumpectomies on a routine basis. Dr. Frank Candela and Dr. David Schreier of Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation in the West San Fernando Valley area of California are among the most highly sought-after breast health surgeons in the area and have helped hundreds of women navigate this and other cancer treatments with ease. To learn more about their services, book a visit today through the simple online scheduling tool or by phone.

Lumpectomy Q & A

What is a lumpectomy?

A lumpectomy, sometimes referred to as an excisional biopsy, is the surgical removal of a portion of abnormal breast tissue. It’s a type of breast-conserving surgery because most of your breast tissue is left in place, unlike a mastectomy where all breast tissue is surgically removed.

A lumpectomy is a diagnostic tool for breast cancer. Once the tissue is removed, it’s examined for signs of cellular abnormalities. Lumpectomy is also a treatment in women who have early-stage breast cancer.

Am I a good candidate for lumpectomy?

Lumpectomy is a great approach for many women, but there are certain conditions that may render you a poor candidate. You might need a different approach if:

  • You have a history of scleroderma, which hardens the skin and other tissue
  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus, which causes chronic inflammation
  • You’ve already had radiation therapy in or near your breasts
  • Your cancer has spread throughout your breast tissue
  • You have multiple tumors in different quadrants of your breast
  • You have small breasts and a large tumor

If any of these conditions apply, your specialist can recommend other treatment options.

How do I prepare for a lumpectomy?

Dr. Schreier or Dr. Candela will give you personalized instructions prior to your appointment. It’s important to disclose all medications, vitamins, and supplements you take to avoid complications. You should also:

  • Stop taking any blood-thinning medications, including aspirin
  • Abstain from eating or drinking for 8-12 hours before surgery
  • Bring a friend or family member with you on the day of your procedure

You may also want to check with your insurance company about coverage to avoid billing surprises.

Should I choose a lumpectomy or mastectomy?

This is a very personal decision that you should make after discussing your specific needs with your specialist. In general, research shows that for women with early stage cancer affecting a relatively small portion of breast tissue, lumpectomy followed by radiation is as effective at removing all cancerous tissue as a mastectomy.

To learn more about lumpectomy and other breast cancer treatment options, schedule your visit with Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation today, either online or by phone.