What stage cancer is a lumpectomy? Stage II cancers are treated with either breast-conserving surgery (BCS; sometimes called lumpectomy or partial mastectomy) or mastectomy.

How long does it take to recover from breast cancer lumpectomy? Your Recovery

For 1 or 2 days after the surgery, you will probably feel tired and have some pain. The skin around the cut (incision) may feel firm, swollen, and tender, and be bruised. Tenderness should go away in about 2 or 3 days, and the bruising within 2 weeks. Firmness and swelling may last for 3 to 6 months.

Is a lumpectomy considered major surgery? Lumpectomy is also called breast-conserving surgery. Lumpectomy is a commonly performed surgery but still major surgery with risks and potential complications. Later on, additional treatments may be required following a lumpectomy such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

How painful is a lumpectomy? A lumpectomy is usually performed under general anesthesia, so there will be no pain or discomfort during the procedure. The surgeon makes a cut over the tumor or area of abnormal tissue.

What stage cancer is a lumpectomy? – Additional Questions

How long is the hospital stay for a lumpectomy?

Many people go home on the same day as their operation. Others are in hospital for about 2 to 7 days. The length of your stay depends on the type of operation you have and your recovery.

What is the success rate of a lumpectomy?

With respect to cosmetic outcomes, mastectomy patients vs. lumpectomy patients were less likely to be either satisfied or very satisfied (52.2% vs. 62.7%, p=0.00004). Overall satisfaction of surgical treatment was 70.9% for mastectomy patients and 68.6% for lumpectomy patients.

Is pain much after lumpectomy?

You will have some pain after breast surgery (lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction). For most people, this pain is temporary and goes away after you heal from the surgery. About 20 percent of people have pain that lasts longer [252].

How long does it take to get over a lumpectomy?

Healing time after surgery can range anywhere from a few days to a week. After a lumpectomy without a lymph node biopsy, you’re likely to feel well enough to return to work after two or three days. You can usually resume normal physical activities, like going to the gym, after one week.

How long does it take to perform a breast lumpectomy?

Lumpectomy surgery is usually an outpatient surgery (patients go home the same day). The procedure itself usually takes about one hour to complete.

How big is the incision for a lumpectomy?

In general, 3-4 cm is considered to be the safe cutoff for lumpectomy in medium to large breasts.

Do you need a special bra after lumpectomy?

Wearing a normal bra can cause you pain, or irritate the area where you had surgery. If you had a lumpectomy, we recommend that you wear a wireless bra 24 hours a day for the first week or two. If you had a mastectomy, it is up to you if you’d like to wear a bra or camisole unless otherwise told by your surgical team.

How long is your breast sore after a lumpectomy?

The skin around the cut (incision) may feel firm, swollen, and tender, and be bruised. Tenderness should go away in about 2 or 3 days, and the bruising within 2 weeks. Firmness and swelling may last for 3 to 6 months. You may feel a soft lump in your breast that gradually turns hard.

What should I wear after a lumpectomy?

A button-down or loose-fitting shirt. A supportive bra, such as a sports bra, to wear after your surgery.

How do I prepare for a breast lumpectomy?

Don’t eat or drink 8 to 12 hours before surgery, especially if you’re going to have general anesthesia. Bring someone with you. Besides offering support, another person is needed to drive you home and listen to postoperative instructions because it may take several hours for the effects of the anesthesia to wear off.

How long do I need to wear a bra at night after lumpectomy?

You will need to wear a supportive bra in hospital after your surgery and when at home. Some hospitals recommend wearing a bra all the time in the first few weeks.

How do you shower after a lumpectomy?

When can I shower?
  1. You may have a shower after the outer dressings are taken off which is usually in two days.
  2. DO NOT soak or scrub the incision.
  3. DO NOT use soaps, creams or lotions over the incision until it is fully healed.
  4. Gently dry using a clean towel.

Why am I so tired after my lumpectomy?

You may feel tired after surgery. This can be due to the stress on your body, any pain after surgery and the time it takes to heal. Having a general anaesthetic can also affect your energy levels. If you had treatment before surgery such as chemotherapy or targeted therapies you may still be feeling tired from this.

What is the best type of bra to wear after a lumpectomy?

In the first year after breast surgery (such as a mastectomy or lumpectomy), it’s best to wear a bra that has: soft seams. a wide underband (the band that goes under the cups and round your back) deep front and side panels.

What are the side effects of a lumpectomy?

Pain or tenderness or a “tugging” sensation in the breast. Temporary swelling of the breast. Hard scar tissue and/or a dimple that forms at the surgical site. Swelling of the breast from a collection of fluid (seroma) that might need to be drained.

Do you have drains after a lumpectomy?

Care for the surgical drain.

Sometimes, however, the drain remains in place until the first follow-up visit with the doctor — usually one to two weeks after surgery. If your drain has to stay in place until your first follow-up visit, you need to empty the fluid from the detachable drain bulb a few times a day.

Can I skip radiation after lumpectomy?

A new study suggests some low-risk breast cancer patients can omit radiation after lumpectomy. After surgery, some cancer patients can safely skip radiation or chemotherapy, according to two studies exploring shorter, gentler cancer care.