What factors are risks for complications of a lumpectomy?

Risks of any surgery are bleeding and infection. Risks specific to lumpectomy include having positive margins at the time of final pathology that would require a second surgery. At the time of initial surgery, your surgeon will take what seems like a wide margin around your cancer. However, in some patients when this tissue is looked at under the microscope by the pathologist, cancer cells are found involving the margins. In this case, a second surgery for reexcision of the margins may be necessary. 

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Breast Cancer Treatment

After a breast cancer diagnosis, there are many decisions to make. A multidisciplinary team of doctors and specialists can help get a treatment plan started and you can choose a treatment facility. In the past, breast cancer treat...

ment involved a radical mastectomy, but today procedures are less invasive. Treatment will depend on the stage of breast cancer. It may include surgery, such as lumpectomy, radiation or chemotherapy to shrink and kill cancer cells. Learn more about breast cancer treatment options with expert advice from Sharecare.
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