Lumpectomy Procedure In Phoenix
What is a Lumpectomy?
A lumpectomy is a breast conserving surgery to remove cancer from the breast. Unlike a mastectomy, a lumpectomy only removes the tumor and a small amount of tissue around the tumor. This procedure is typically used to treat early-stage breast cancer.
Undergoing a Lumpectomy
The lumpectomy is a generally quick procedure lasting between 15 and 45 minutes. Lumpectomies can be done under local anesthesia if you are not having lymph nodes removed, however if the lymph nodes will also be removed, general anesthesia will be needed. During the procedure, the surgeon may also create a small incision, and remove some of the lymph nodes to determine if cancer has spread to the lymphatic system. When the lumpectomy is completed, the surgeon will close the incision using sutures and will then be covered with a surgical dressing.
After the Surgery
Many people go home after their lumpectomy procedure. The removed tissue will be tested to confirm diagnosis and to determine if any additional treatment will be needed. Some patients may need chemotherapy, radiation therapy, another endocrine therapy or a combination of therapies depending on the stage of the cancer. Once you are sent home, the doctor will likely prescribe you pain medication as well as give you advice on how to care for your bandages. It is recommended to wear a comfortable bra to help minimize swelling and discomfort.
What are the Benefits of a Lumpectomy?
Although research has shown that the lumpectomy and mastectomy have the same survival rate, the lumpectomy offers a few extra benefits. A lumpectomy is often referred to as breast-conserving surgery because a minimal amount of tissue is removed, preserving the breast. Another benefit to a lumpectomy is it is typically an outpatient procedure, so you will likely be able to return home the same day.
Who is not a Candidate for a Lumpectomy?
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for lumpectomy. Patients with the following are advised to seek other treatment options:
- Patients with large tumors
- Multiple Tumors in the Breast
- Patients with cancer throughout the breast
- Pre-existing conditions such as sclerodema, lupus or chronic inflammatory disease
What are the Risks of a Lumpectomy?
The main risk of a lumpectomy is you will still have a higher risk of recurrent cancer and if the cancer returns, you will need to have more surgery. If you are having radiation therapy along with your lumpectomy, additional risks and side effects include:
- Breast pain
- Damage to surrounding tissue
- Skin reactions (redness, itching or soreness)
Schedule a Consultation at Dignity Health Medical Group
Understanding breast cancer treatments can be overwhelming. At Dignity Health Medical Group, our board-certified general surgeon Shawn Stevenson, DO will work closely with you to choose the best treatment options available. Contact us today by calling our Chandler office at (602) 582-5233 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We’re just a short drive Phoenix.