lumpectomy

noun

lump·​ec·​to·​my ˌləm-ˈpek-tə-mē How to pronounce lumpectomy (audio)
plural lumpectomies
: excision of a breast tumor with a limited amount of associated tissue

Examples of lumpectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Canadian radiation oncologist Vera Peters pioneered the use of lumpectomies and postoperative radiation to treat breast cancer patients. Amy Scharf, Scientific American, 11 Jan. 2024 Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatments, as is surgery, such as a lumpectomy or a mastectomy, which is typically followed by reconstruction. Paige Stables, Allure, 22 Nov. 2023 Wheelchair users who have early-stage breast cancer may worry if having a mastectomy, rather than a lumpectomy, will mean developing lymphedema, long-term swelling in the arm that could compromise their ability to self-propel a wheelchair. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 13 Dec. 2023 Currently, though, almost any woman diagnosed with DCIS would be scheduled for a mastectomy, lumpectomy, and/or radiation therapy, and possibly hormonal treatment. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2023 In addition to that, she was told about a lumpectomy, but opted to go through with a double mastectomy. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 25 Oct. 2023 But Rancic, who underwent a double lumpectomy and a double mastectomy to treat the cancer, marked a very special milestone just months later: her first Mother's Day with son Edward Duke. Kiran Hefa, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 For decades, the diagnosis of DCIS has routinely led to surgery–a mastectomy or a lumpectomy (a partial breast resection) that’s often combined with radiation treatment and possibly, a five-year course of hormone medication. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2023 The journalist had a lumpectomy to remove an olive-sized tumor in July 2022 and began radiation two months later. Emily St. Martin, Peoplemag, 23 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lumpectomy was in 1972

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“Lumpectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lumpectomy. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

lumpectomy

noun
lump·​ec·​to·​my ˌləm-ˈpek-tə-mē How to pronounce lumpectomy (audio)
plural lumpectomies
: excision of a breast tumor with a limited amount of associated tissue

called also tylectomy

compare quadrantectomy

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