What is a lumpectomy?

Also known as breast conservation surgery, a lumpectomy is the removal of the carcinogenic tumors with surrounding tissue to get clear margins. That is, an area of the healthy tissue all around the lump removed to be sure there are no lingering cancer cells at the surgery site. It does not involve the removal of the entire breast and often leaves a woman with a breast that looks similar to the way it looked before the surgery. If you have a lumpectomy, you will almost always require subsequent radiation treatment. Women who are pregnant or have multiple tumors are usually not candidates for lumpectomies.