Lumpectomy Overview

view more info

A lumpectomy is a surgery to remove a benign tumor or a cancerous lump in the breast. During a lumpectomy, the surgeon may also remove adjacent lymph nodes under the arm to see if the cancer has spread. A lumpectomy procedure is considered minimally invasive, as the lump can usually be removed through a small incision. Patients may discuss the placement and length of the lumpectomy incision with their physician. Because it involves the removal of only a small amount of tissue, a lumpectomy is considered a breast-preserving surgery, as opposed to a mastectomy, which removes all or a portion of the breast and is often followed by reconstructive breast surgery.

Lumpectomy is often followed by radiation therapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells and, in some cases, chemotherapy is given as well. Additional treatments include hormone therapy and immunotherapy.

For lumpectomy procedures and other treatments for breast cancer, patients in the New England area will find leading breast cancer surgeons and world-class care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Patients have access to a wide range of treatment options, from breast-conserving surgery like a lumpectomy, to more aggressive or prophylactic treatment such as a radical or double mastectomy.

Learn more about a lumpectomy procedure and other surgical treatments for breast cancer available at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Find a DoctorFind an expert BWH breast surgical oncologist for innovative cancer treatment and compassionate care

Find an expert BWH breast surgical oncologist for innovative cancer treatment and compassionate care.

Quality and SafetyLearn how quality and patient safety are at the core of Brigham and Women's mission and vision.

Learn how quality and patient safety are at the core of Brigham and Women's mission and vision.

Top HospitalRead how DF/BWCC is nationally ranked for cancer by U.S. News and World Report.

Read how Dana-Farber/ Brigham and Women's Cancer Center is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL


For over a century, a leader in patient care, medical education and research, with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery.

About BWH