Leigh A Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS
Marga Massey, MD
Galen Poole, MD, FACS
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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The recurrence rate of breast cancer in women who receive a lumpectomy with radiation therapy is low (7-13.4%). The results of a lumpectomy largely depend on the location, size, and type of lump found. Women with benign (noncancerous) lumps usually experience few complications. The outcome associated with a malignant (cancerous) lump may depend on if the cancer has spread, how quickly it is spreading, and what parts of the body are now affected.
For cancer that is difficult to control and contain, the doctor may discuss complete mastectomy with breast reconstruction as a surgical option.
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