The surgeon removes the area of cancer and some of the surrounding breast tissue. You usually have radiotherapy after this surgery. This is to destroy any cancer cells that may still be in the breast. During the operation, the surgeon removes the cancer and a border of normal breast tissue all around it.
Lumpectomy is a surgery to remove cancer from the breast. Unlike a mastectomy, a lumpectomy removes only the tumor and a small rim of normal tissue around it. It leaves most of the breast skin and tissue in place. With lumpectomy, the breast looks as close as possible to how it did before surgery. Most often, the general shape of the breast and the nipple area are kept. Learn more about the procedure. Radiation therapy is usually given after lumpectomy to get rid of any cancer cells that might be left in or around the breast.
Breast-conserving surgery BCS is a good option for many women with early-stage cancers. The main advantage is that a woman keeps most of her breast. However, she will in most cases also need radiation therapy, given by a radiation oncologist a doctor who specializes in radiation. This type of surgery is typically done in an outpatient surgery center, and an overnight stay in the hospital is usually not needed.
I'm a forty-year-old single mother of two, and grandmother of two, who cooks for a college and enjoys it most days. I went for my mammogram before work because it usually goes quickly. But this time after ten pictures—not the usual four or so—I felt there was a problem.