lumpectomy

noun
lump·​ec·​to·​my | \ ˌləm-ˈpek-tə-mē How to pronounce lumpectomy (audio) \
plural lumpectomies

Definition of lumpectomy

: excision of a breast tumor with a limited amount of associated tissue

Examples of lumpectomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her mother had survived breast cancer, so the next few steps were no surprise: consultation, biopsy, and, when the biopsy confirmed cancer, rearrangement of her calendar in order to schedule a lumpectomy. Alessandra Colaianni, The New Yorker, "“For Now, We Wait”: Postponing Cancer Surgery During the Coronavirus Crisis," 22 Apr. 2020 So oncologists are flipping a standard treatment plan for many breast cancer patients, which calls first for mastectomies or lumpectomies to remove tumors followed by a course of chemotherapy to kill off any remaining cancer cells. Joel Rubinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus is forcing breast cancer patients to make tough decisions," 12 Apr. 2020 Some patients have been required to take detours as hospitals cut back on surgeries, including the lumpectomies and mastectomies that are often the first step in breast cancer treatment. Joel Rubinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus is forcing breast cancer patients to make tough decisions," 12 Apr. 2020 When Ann Schonberg reached her mid 80s, a mammogram picked up another small cancer, prompting another lumpectomy. Paula Span, New York Times, "Aging Out of the Mammogram," 16 Mar. 2020 With a lumpectomy, the surgeon removes the tumor and a small amount of tissue around it, leaving the rest of the breast as is. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "13 Facts to Know If You're Considering a Double Mastectomy," 25 Sep. 2019 The breast is small and a lumpectomy would leave you with very little breast tissue. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "13 Facts to Know If You're Considering a Double Mastectomy," 25 Sep. 2019 The revelations sparked widespread panic among breast cancer patients whose treatment plans had relied on that study, which showed lumpectomies followed by radiation to be as effective as full mastectomies. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Bernard Fisher, pioneering breast cancer surgeon-scientist, dies at 101," 23 Oct. 2019 For example, Kahlenberg said, most men end up getting mastectomies, where the entire breast is removed, as opposed to lumpectomies, where just the abnormal tissue is excised. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "He was embarrassed by his breast cancer diagnosis. Now, he wants others to know men are at risk, too.," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lumpectomy

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Lumpectomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lumpectomy. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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lumpectomy

noun
lump·​ec·​to·​my | \ ˌləm-ˈpek-tə-mē How to pronounce lumpectomy (audio) \
plural lumpectomies

Medical Definition of lumpectomy

: excision of a breast tumor with a limited amount of associated tissue

called also tylectomy

— compare quadrantectomy

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