Experiences with Lumpectomy

A lumpectomy is surgery done to remove only the cancerous lump and some surrounding tissue from the breast. How much of the breast is removed depends on the size and location of the tumor. A lumpectomy is considered breast-conserving surgery (BCS). Chemotherapy and then radiation therapy are often given after a lumpectomy to lower chance of recurrence. A sentinel lymph node biopsy may be done to determine if cancer has spread to other tissues of the body. Pathology results determine if the tissue has positive margins or clear margins. If the tissues have positive margins, then the surgeon may have to go in and remove more tissue, called a re-excision. If your surgeon cannot get clear margins, a mastectomy may be necessary. For women with stage I and II breast cancer, breast-conserving surgery with radiation therapy following is often effective. After a lumpectomy, the breast can often keep the same shape it had before. If the shape changes there are reconstructive surgery options. There is still a chance of recurrence, but you and your doctor must discuss the best options for you.

When talking to your doctor, you may wonder, “How successful is a lumpectomy?” or “Do I have to have radiation after a lumpectomy?”. A lot of women simply wonder, “Will my breast look normal after breast surgery?”, and what kind of post-lumpectomy care is necessary. But, one of the biggest questions is related to how you will feel after having breast surgery. One WhatNexter with invasive ductal carcinoma shared encouraging words to others, “It is humbling to stop looking like ‘me’, but oh, so powerful to know I still have the love, support, and respect of friends and family - no matter how I look”. If you have any questions, concerns, or stories to share, then post below. Read and gain insight by reading what others have shared about their journey.

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    • Doxwyf
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    8 days ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The biopsy showed a radial scar that was benign. The pathology results took 3 weeks. The original lab sent the tissue to Boston for ...

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Dobin
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a hard time with this surgery. Saskatoon does this as day surgery but they do not tell you that you will be having wire guide...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Vicki705
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    about 1 month ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    A few lymph nodes were removed as well. They were negative for cancer.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • nani967
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery went fine. No problems.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Clear margins

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • 1808Manoa
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    2 months ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The recovery from the lymph node harvesting is by far the most painful or the procedure. Having a drainage tube is weird. I taped th...

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Liza63
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 months ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Pain in my breast for 8 years now. Part of breast is sunk in.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 3 months ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    July 17, 2017

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3 months ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery was the easiest part. Waiting for the results was tough.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  4. 4 months ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Sentinel node biopsy as well.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Linlyn53
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I just had a bad time. I had lymph nodes removed from right side. I goto a terrible infection..had to go several times for drainage

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    1 Comment
    • tlalex
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    4 months ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had auxiliary webbing or cording occur immediately due to nerve damage from sentinel lymph node biopsy so very limited use of right ...

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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