Definition Breast lump removal, called lumpectomy, is surgery to remove a breast cancer or other lump in the breast , along with some surrounding tissue from the breast. This article covers lumpectomy that is done to remove breast cancer. Other reasons to perform a lumpectomy include: Fibroadenoma Other noncancerous tumors of the breast See also: Breast biopsy - open Breast biopsy - stereotactic Breast biopsy - ultrasound (core needle) Mastectomy Alternative Names Lumpectomy; Wide local excision; Breast conservation surgery; Breast sparing surgery; Partial mastectomy Description If the breast cancer can be seen on a mammogram or ultrasound but the doctor cannot feel the cancer on a physical exam, a wire localization will be done before the surgery: A radiologist will use a mammogram or ultrasound to place a needle (or needles) in or near the abnormal breast area. This will help the surgeon know where the cancer is so that it can be removed. Breast lump removal is usually done in an outpatient clinic. ...
Daisy*, a 20-year-old actress living in Los Angeles, CA., remembers the day she discovered a painful, walnut-sized lump on the side of her left breast. "I was scared," she says. "I thought it was cancer." Daisy's gynecologist examined her and diagnosed her with fibrocystic breasts . Her lump was a benign, fluid-filled sac commonly known as a cyst. Over the next few months, Daisy's lump fluctuated in size, becoming noticeably larger and more painful right before her period. "I found that cutting out coffee and chocolate helped with the pain, but the bump didn't go away. I was worried," she says. Friendly Pains in the Boob According to William Parker, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA School of Medicine who is in private practice in Santa Monica, CA, an estimated 50 percent of all women have fibrocystic breasts, a condition caused when fluid accumulates in the glands, creating lumps and bumps. Among younger w...
Cancer and breast lumps
It is understandable thata newly discovered breast lump maycause fear andconcern, but the fact is that only a small percentage of lumpsturn out to be cancer. Many women have "lumpy breasts" or fibrocystic breast disease , a common and benign (harmless) condition.
If you have this condition, examining your breasts can be confusing and, at times, alarming. It is still very important to check your breasts at the same time each month and bring anything that feels new or different to your doctor's attention. It may be helpful to know that a cancerous lump tends to be hard and unmovable. See breast lump and fibroadenoma .
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