Breast Cancer Treatment

What factors are risks for complications of a lumpectomy?

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  • 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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