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Lumpectomy
This procedure is the mainstay in breast cancer surgery. It is the surgical excision of an area in the breast with clear, or uninvolved, surgical margins. In treating breast cancer, the excised specimen should be oriented and the margins clearly marked for the pathologic examination. There is great debate about how thick a margin should be, but 5 millimeters is usually acceptable and will decrease a woman’s risk of In- Breast Tumor Recurrence (IBTR). Margin status is considered to be the number one risk factor for developing local recurrence.

Lumpectomy performed for breast cancer is usually followed by breast irradiation.  These two techniques together constitute Breast Conservation Therapy.

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