Treatment of breast cancer that doesn't involve removal of the entire breast is called "breast conservation", which consists of a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy (or quadrantectomy). During breast conservation surgery, small titanium clips may be placed in the breast to mark the area of tissue removed, which may help with repeat mammography or radiation therapy to the breast, if indicated. The need for radiation therapy will be determined by your physicians, based on your specific biopsy results.Radiation therapy is usually given several weeks after lumpectomy in order to decrease the risk of loco regional recurrence.
Lumpectomy for breast cancer is done under sedation or general anesthesia. Most women are back to work within one to two weeks. Specific instructions will be provided after surgery regarding incision management and compression to the breast. Appropriate post-surgical garments may also be used to assist in the recovery process.
To learn if breast conservation surgery is right for you, contact TOA Surgical Specialists today to meet with our breast surgery specialists and support team.
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