What’s a Lumpectomy, and What to Expect

What’s a Lumpectomy, and What to Expect
Journey_Toward_Pink_Path_Jessica_Grono After a biopsy and learning that the oncologist found breast cancer, what would be the next step? I had never heard of a lumpectomy before I needed to have one, and a lumpectomy is exactly what the doctor had ordered. It is amazing the terror and anxiety that a medical term can cause.  I did not fully research the procedure because part of me really didn't want to know. But I realize hundreds of women everyday may be hearing they too need to undergo a lumpectomy, and be searching for answers and support. I hope to provide some calm before your procedure. In a lumpectomy, an oncologist operates on the affected breast and removes both the cancerous tumor plus tissue surrounding the tumor. He or she tries to spare as much of the breast as possible, only removing whatever is necessary. According to BreastCancer.org, a lumpectomy is considered to be a breast preservation surgery in hopes to doing minimal change to your body. Sometimes, it is called a partial mastectomy. Having a lumpectomy does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Like your biopsy, you should not eat or drink after midnight on the day of surgery unless your doctor tells you otherwise. When you go to the hospital, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. The oncologist will use a felt tip marker to mark the incision spot, and might initial the spot as well. Don't worry, because the marker will wash a
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