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Lumpectomy

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
 
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Lumpectomy

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Lumpectomy removes only the breast lump and is followed by radiation therapy. Many surgeons also remove and test some of the underarm lymph nodes for possible spread of cancer.

  • Advantages -The breast is not removed.
  • Disadvantages -Small-breasted women with large lumps may have a significant change in breast shape. Scar tissue from the treatment may make it more difficult to examine the breast later. There is a possibility of arm swelling.

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