Lumpectomy is a viable treatment for women with small, localized breast cancers. Women with early-stage breast cancer who have radiation therapy after a lumpectomy tend to have similar survival rates as women who opt for a mastectomy.
What is a Lumpectomy?
Lumpectomy is a type of breast-conserving surgery that may be used as a part of a treatment plan for breast cancer. During the procedure, the cancerous tumor and a portion of the breast tissue around the tumor are removed, leaving most of the breast intact.
Lumpectomy Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Determining whether a patient will have a lumpectomy depends upon:
size and location of the breast tumor
stage of the breast cancer
size of the breast
the patient's preference
If a patient does not opt for breast-conserving surgery, other surgical options include:
Total (simple) mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast and most of the overlying skin.
Modified radical mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast, some of the lymph nodes under the arm, and the lining over the chest muscles. Part of the chest wall muscle also may be removed.
Radical mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast, the overlying skin, the lymph nodes under the arm, and the chest muscles.
Skin-sparing mastectomy involves the removal of the breast tissue, nipple, and areola, but most of the skin over the breast is saved.
Subcutaneous mastectomy is the removal of breast tissue through an incision under the breast, but the skin and nipple are left in place.
Nipple-sparing mastectomy is similar to the skin-sparing procedure, except that tissues under and around the nipple and areola are carefully cut away and examined by a pathologist.
Surgical Cancer Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
The Division of Surgical Oncology provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management for adult cancer patients in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Surgical specialties include the treatment of benign and malignant disorders of the breast and management of gastrointestinal (colorectal, biliary, hepatic, and pancreatic) malignancies. The Division is also well known for its innovative therapy for soft tissue sarcomas and melanomas and other skin lesions.
Patient- and Family-focused Care
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has long been committed to not only the care of our patients but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-focused care - involving systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment – is a guiding force behind the care we provide at BWH and DF/BWCC.
Quality of Patient Care
BWH is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and following established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our Inpatient Satisfaction Survey, sent to patients’ to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and where we could improve. We pride ourselves in the Quality of Patient Care we provide and how we compare with other hospitals.
If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our breast care experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs, or fill out an online appointment request form.