Lumpectomy (Breast Lumps Removal)

What is a lumpectomy?

A lumpectomy is a type of breast cancer treatment which involves surgically removing a tumour in your breast that can either be malignant or benign. Also known as partial mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery, lumpectomy removes only the part of your breast where the tumour is located.

A lumpectomy helps you retain more of your breast's natural look and shape after cancer. This surgery is different from a mastectomy, in which all of the breast tissue is removed.

After a lumpectomy, the doctor may recommend radiation therapy to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence.


Why do you need a lumpectomy?

Your doctor may recommend a lumpectomy to prevent the spread of cancer to other parts of your body while conserving the appearance of your breast.

It is usually the treatment of choice if:

  • Only one area of the breast has cancer
  • The breast tumour is small, when compared to the size of your breast

Who should not undergo lumpectomy?

Your doctor may not recommend a lumpectomy if you:

  • Have a history of previous radiation therapy in the region of treatment
  • Have more than one tumour in one area of your breast
  • Have scleroderma (hardening of the skin)
  • Have systemic lupus erythematosus (chronic disease that causes inflammation in connective tissues)
  • Are pregnant

What are the risks and complications of lumpectomy?

All surgeries involve some risk. Lumpectomy is a common procedure and is less invasive compared to a mastectomy. Nonetheless, there are potential risks such as:

  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Swelling of the breast
  • Changes in the size or shape of the breast
  • Hard scar tissue in the surgical site
  • Dimple that forms in the surgical site
  • Persistent burning or shooting pain in the chest wall, armpit or arm
  • Lymphoedema – a chronic condition wherein the lymphatic system fails to properly function, which leads to swelling of the breast, hands or other body parts

To lower the risk of developing complications, it is important to follow the aftercare guidelines given by your doctor. If you experience any side effects or complications, let your doctor know about it immediately. Early detection and intervention can help control the complications and prevent infection.

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals in Singapore, our specialists are experienced in performing lumpectomy and following up with radiation therapy to address early-stage breast cancer. Our skilled oncologists will support you in your journey towards recovery and cancer remission.

Estimated cost

Private healthcare can be affordable. Use our Hospital Bill Estimator to determine the estimated cost of this procedure. If you have hospital insurance, find out how you can use your insurance.

Our general surgeons and medical oncologists

Mount Elizabeth Hospitals' general surgeons and cancer specialists work closely with clinicians and other specialists to ensure that every cancer patient receives personalised and holistic care. Our doctors are responsive and will answer any questions you may have regarding lumpectomy or your condition.

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