Breast Changes After a Lumpectomy

In this video from Breast Cancer Answers shared in November 2013, Dr. Julie Billar from the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center talks about the changes that women might experience in their breasts following a lumpectomy.

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Banner explains that immediately following surgery, women may feel some temporary numbness around the incision point, particularly if the incision was made near the nipple. They may also suffer short-term swelling in the breasts, particularly at the lumpectomy site where fluid may have gathered post-procedure. Many women have radiation treatment following a lumpectomy which may also change the appearance of the breasts, such as skin redness and breast contraction.

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