Wire localized lumpectomy

What is a wire localized lumpectomy?

A wire localized lumpectomy is a procedure done because the lump or mass in your breast can not be easily felt through the skin. Therefore, if your breast abnormality was detected on a mammogram and confirmed with a biopsy, your radiologist may have placed a tiny marker or clip in your breast during the biopsy. If this is the case, a thin wire or radioactive marker may be inserted in your breast just before surgery and passed down to the marker or clip. Your surgeon can use the wire as a guide to the precise area that needs to be removed during surgery.

What happens after the procedure?

Sometimes, you can go home on the same day after this procedure. Once the tissue has been removed, it will be sent to the pathology department for evaluation.

What happens if the tumor is malignant (cancerous)?

If the tumor is cancerous, a multi-disciplinary team that may include the primary care physician, medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nurse navigators and other related specialists, takes a prospective view of patient cases prior to recommending treatment options. Together, the team will review the patient’s history and pathology and reach a consensus regarding what is ultimately the best treatment plan for a patient. In most cases, it is recommended that the patient consult with medical and radiation oncologists to discuss further treatment plans.

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