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Lumpectomy and Quadrantectomy


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Breast conserving surgery (BCT) removes only the cancerous area and a small amount of surrounding tissue. The breast remains in tact.

How much is removed depends on the size and location of the tumor and other factors.

There are two types of breast conserving surgery: lumpectomy and quadrentectomy. To learn about them, click here. 

As a general matter, a lumpectomy is performed on an out patient basis in a hospital. You go home the same day. With a quadrantectomy, you will typically leave the next day. Any resulting pain is controllable.

For more information see:


  • Check the hospital bill before you leave the hospital, or soon after you get home. A high percentage of hospital bills have mistakes in them. To learn how to check the bill, click here.
  • To learn how to negotiate a hospital bill, click here.

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