What are the absolute contraindications for lumpectomy in the surgical treatment of breast cancer?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary Jo Wright, MD; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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Absolute contraindications include the following:

  • Multifocal disease

  • History of previous radiation therapy to the area of treatment

  • Inability to undergo radiation therapy for invasive disease

  • First or second trimester of pregnancy

  • Persistent positive margins after attempts at conservation


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