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When should you get a lumpectomy?

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Women who have this type of breast cancer surgery usually:

You typically get radiation after a lumpectomy. That combination treatment helps women live about as long as those who have their whole breast removed, studies show. You may get better cosmetic results as well, since the surgeon removes less tissue breast tissue.

  • Have a single tumor that's small -- less than 5 centimeters in diameter
  • Have enough tissue so that removing surrounding tissue won’t leave a misshapen breast
  • Are medically able to get surgery and follow-up radiation treatment

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Lumpectomy," ”Lymph Node Removal.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Breast Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Lumpectomy," ”Lymph Node Removal.”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Breast Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 08, 2019

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