Removes a Lump of Breast Tissue
In a lumpectomy, also known as breast-conserving surgery or partial mastectomy, the surgeon removes a lump of breast tissue that may be breast cancer, as well as a small rim of surrounding normal tissue while saving as much of the healthy breast as possible. It is often done in an outpatient setting. Breast tumors removed during lumpectomy aren’t always breast cancer; sometimes they are noncancerous (benign) or contain precancerous tissue.
May Include Lymph Node Removal, Breast Reconstruction
Your breast surgeon may remove lymph nodes from under your arm to determine if your breast cancer has spread. This can guide treatment decisions such as whether you will have chemotherapy, radiation, or anti-hormonal therapy, which may prevent breast cancer from recurring. Lumpectomy also may be combined with breast reconstruction.
Lumpectomy Is Not for Everyone
There are pros and cons to every breast cancer surgery, and your breast cancer surgeon will discuss your options with you. However, most people with early-stage breast cancer who elect to undergo a lumpectomy and radiation to treat their breast cancer will have the same excellent long-term survival as with mastectomy.