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Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI 02903
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The Miriam Hospital
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
11 Friendship Street
Newport, RI 02840
East Greenwich Lifespan Ambulatory Care Center
1454 South County Trail2nd Floor
East Greenwich, RI 02818
During a lumpectomy (also known as a partial mastectomy), a surgeon removes only the tumor and a small margin of surrounding healthy tissue. Because it's a breast conserving procedure, many women with early stage breast cancer choose this option when possible.
The advantage of a lumpectomy is that you keep your breast (though you may notice a change in shape after surgery), and in doing so avoid the emotional toll that losing a breast can take. The disadvantages include five to eight weeks of radiation therapy following surgery, which is the common post-surgery treatment for breast cancer. Radiation can alter the texture of your breast and make it very sensitive; however, most changes disappear within a year.
A lumpectomy may not be an option for women:
who are pregnant, because of the possible side effects of radiation on the unborn child.
who have more than one area of cancer in the same breast.
who have a large tumor in a relatively small breast.
who have had previous radiation therapy to the breast or chest.
who are unable to have radiation therapy.