What is lumpectomy?

Updated: Dec 24, 2019
  • Author: Kanchan Kaur, MBBS, MS (GenSurg), MRCSEd; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Lumpectomy is defined as an excision of a breast lump with a surrounding rim of normal breast tissue, as shown in the image below. [1]

Lumpectomy. Lumpectomy.

Traditionally, a lumpectomy was performed only to diagnose a breast mass. However, this procedure can be performed as part of the definitive management of a breast malignancy or benign lesions that have previously been diagnosed by needle biopsy. [2, 3, 4]

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