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A lumpectomy is a surgery to remove cancer or other abnormal tissue from your breast. Also called breast-conserving or breast-sparing surgery, only a portion of the breast is removed. During lumpectomy, a small amount of normal tissue around the lump (clean margins) also is taken to help ensure that all the cancer or other abnormal tissue is removed.

Lumpectomy helps to confirm a diagnosis of cancer or rule it out. Lumpectomy is also a first treatment option for some women with early-stage breast cancer. In cases where cancer is found, lumpectomy usually is followed by radiation therapy to reduce the chances of cancer returning.

Lumpectomies have become more common for women who have smaller tumors. Recovery time for a lumpectomy is usually just several days.

Our surgeons perform hundreds of these surgeries a year and are sensitive to how vital a woman's breasts are to her self-esteem, emotional well being and sexual identity. Your surgeon will discuss ways to minimize lumpectomy scars so you feel the impact of the surgery as little as possible. Your surgeon also take steps to reduce the appearance of loss of volume wherever possible. Women who are candidates for breast conserving surgery have one tumor in the breast that is easily removed with surrounding tissue to yield a good cosmetic result.

Last Updated: 7/15/2013