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What Will My Breasts Look Like After a Lumpectomy?

Breast-conserving surgery, also known as lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, is an operation to remove the cancer but not the breast itself.

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Most patients who choose lumpectomy will also be treated with radiation therapy to minimize the chance of recurrence of the cancer in the breast. The photos below show the breasts of some typical patients who underwent lumpectomy and radiation therapy for treatment of their cancer at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

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Photo of 37 year old breast patientPhoto of 37 year old breast patient after surgeryPatient age: 37
Description: Six months after right breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for invasive cancer.

Photo of 45 year old breast patientPatient age: 45
Description: One year after left breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for invasive cancer. The incision was in the left upper inner breast.

Photo of 50 year old breast patientPatient age: 50
Description: One year after right breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for invasive cancer.

Photo of 56 year old breast patientPhoto of 56 year old breast patient, after surgeryPatient age: 56
Description: One year after left breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for ductal carcinoma in situ.

Photo of 59 year old breast patientPhoto of 59 year old breast patient after surgeryPatient age: 59
Description: Six months after right breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for infiltrating ductal carcinoma. The incision was on the upper edge of the areola.

Photo of 60 year old breast patientPatient age: 60
Description: One year after left breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for invasive cancer.

Photo of 64 year old breast patientPatient age: 64
Description: Six months after right breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for invasive cancer.

Photo of 65 year old breast patientPhoto of 65 year old breast patient, after surgeryPatient age: 65
Description: Two years after right breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for invasive cancer. Some skin needed to be removed because the tumor was very close to the skin.

Photo of 70 year old breast patientPatient age: 70
Description: One year after left breast lumpectomy and whole breast radiation therapy for invasive cancer. The incision was on the upper border of the areola.