I've only known I had breast cancer since 22nd August, so I couldn't bring myself to post to 'living with cancer'. I don't feel I'm quite there yet. Surgery for lump is scheduled on 14th September.
Breast-conserving surgery BCS is a good option for many women with early-stage cancers. The main advantage is that a woman keeps most of her breast. However, she will in most cases also need radiation therapy, given by a radiation oncologist a doctor who specializes in radiation.
This guide will help you prepare for your breast surgical excision, biopsy, or lumpectomy surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering MSK. It will also help you understand what to expect during your recovery. Read through this guide at least once before your surgery and use it as a reference in the days leading up to your surgery.
Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. Care for people diagnosed with cancer does not end when active treatment has finished. Your health care team will continue to check to make sure the cancer has not returned, manage any side effects, and monitor your overall health.
Find out about the possible complications after a wide local excision operation for breast cancer. A wide local excision is also sometimes called a lumpectomy. There is a risk of problems or complications after any operation.
The procedure preserves the rest of the breast as well as sensation in the breast. Your doctor may also refer to it as a wide local excision, segmental resection, or partial mastectomy. Memorial Sloan Kettering breast cancer surgeons have been leaders in the development of national guidelines for the use of lumpectomy.
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If the tumor cannot be seen or felt, the surgeon will use a procedure before surgery to locate and mark the tumor using mammogram or ultrasound. Your surgeon or a nurse may draw markings on your breast that show where the incision will be made. Usually this is done with a felt-tip marker.
A lumpectomy involves removing the cancer and some of the healthy tissue that surrounds it. This illustration shows one possible incision that can be used for this procedure, though your surgeon will determine the approach that's best for your particular situation. Dissolvable stitches are placed under the skin so that they won't need to be removed later.