Breast Cancer Lumpectomy
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Lumpectomy for Breast Cancer
Depending on the extent of the disease, your personal preferences and other factors, your breast cancer team at CTCA may recommend a lumpectomy. A lumpectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tumor and a margin of normal tissue surrounding the tumor site. During this type of breast cancer surgery, some of the lymph nodes under the arm may be removed as well.
A lumpectomy is considered breast-conserving surgery because your surgeon spares as much healthy breast tissue as possible. A lumpectomy differs from a mastectomy, which involves removal of the entire breast.
Also, we can often perform oncoplastic surgery, an innovative procedure that uses specialized techniques to remove a breast tumor and reshape the breast in one surgery.
If you choose to have a lumpectomy, you may receive neo-adjuvant chemotherapy before your breast cancer surgery to reduce the size of the tumor. Your doctor may also recommend radiation therapy following the surgery to help prevent recurrence.
After a lumpectomy, your CTCA care team will provide supportive therapies, such as nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and spiritual support. These therapies can help reduce side effects and improve your overall quality of life.
Meeting Your Individual Needs
Selecting a breast cancer treatment plan is a very personal decision. Your care team at CTCA will help you weigh the benefits and risks of each breast cancer treatment option so you can decide what’s best for your individual needs.
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