Breast-conserving surgery: Lumpectomy

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Breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) is the surgical removal of a breast lump and some of the tissue around it. The lump is removed in one piece and sent to the lab for examination (pathology).

Last Updated: August 18, 2009

Author: Bets Davis, MFA

Medical Review: Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology

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