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A lumpectomy, also called partial mastectomy, is surgery to remove a breast tumor and a small amount of normal tissue around it. Often referred to as breast-sparing or breast-conserving surgery, lumpectomy is a common treatment for breast cancer. At Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento, it is performed by an expert general surgeon or breast surgeon who specializes in treating breast disease.
Your doctor may recommend lumpectomy as a treatment option for a benign (noncancerous) breast tumor called a fibroadenoma or for small breast cancer tumors in the early stages of development.
Our highly trained, experienced surgeons are committed to offering the latest surgical procedures for quality outcomes. If you would like to learn more about a lumpectomy in Sacramento, CA or the surrounding area, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento or call 888.800.7688.
All surgery comes with risk. Risks of lumpectomy include bleeding, blood clots, infections, and reactions to anesthesia.
Risks of a lumpectomy include:
It’s important to the Dignity Health team that you feel comfortable and understand your upcoming procedure. In the days or weeks before your surgery, your doctor and nurse navigator will go over instructions about what you’ll need to do before surgery and how you can prepare, including any restrictions you need to follow before a lumpectomy.
After a lumpectomy, you’ll be able to return home the same day of your surgery.
The following are some good things to keep in mind:
You’ll receive a set of arm exercises to be performed the day following your surgery. Generally, lumpectomy recovery will take about four weeks. You’ll most likely have radiation therapy shortly after your procedure for about six weeks to reduce the chances of cancer returning.