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What is a breast lumpectomy?

A breast lumpectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a portion of tissue from the breast. A lumpectomy may be performed to remove cancer or other abnormal tissue from the breast. Sometimes lumpectomy is used to diagnose breast cancer. The tissue that is removed is analyzed to determine if it contains any cancer cells. This may be referred to as an excisional biopsy. Bilateral means both sides. During a bilateral breast lumpectomy, lump removal tissue will be taken from each breast. 

During lumpectomy, only a portion of tissue is removed, unlike a mastectomy, where the entire breast is removed. Surgeons may refer to this as “breast-conserving surgery” or wide local excision. A lumpectomy is often an option in early-stage breast cancers. It allows you to maintain the appearance of your breast. Often radiation will be needed to treat breast cancer removed by lumpectomy.

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