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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

A lumpectomy is the most common type of surgery used in breast cancer treatment. At MD Anderson, our breast cancer surgeons perform around 650 lumpectomies each year. 

So what is a lumpectomy, and what should breast cancer patients expect from the procedure and the recovery? And how does it compare to a mastectomy? 

We spoke with breast surgeon Puneet...

Puneet Singh, M.D., performs breast cancer surgery.

BY Kristi Nelson

If you were faced with something bigger and scarier than you initially knew how to deal with, how would you handle it? Would you sit back...

BY Kasey Bass

I was a junior at Texas A&M University when I first got diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer after a quick visit to the campus health...

BY Nancy Gajan

In early 2020, I woke up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. By chance, my hand brushed my right breast, and I felt a lump the size of a pecan. I examine my breasts at the end of every menstrual cycle but since I’d been going through menopause, my schedule was thrown off. I knew I had never felt this lump before, so I immediately called my gynecologist the next morning.  

My doctor sent me to an imaging center...

Nancy Gajan

BY Cynthia DeMarco

To a cancer patient, one of the most magical words in the English language may be “remission.” For those fortunate enough to hear it, it imparts...

BY Emma Letterman

Not long after my acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis in May 2019, my local oncologist said I’d probably need a stem cell transplant. At the...

BY Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D.

Burnout is the combination of exhaustion, detachment and cynicism that can sometimes develop when we’re faced with unrelieved stress over...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

Clinical Nurse Christine Durana donates blood so often, she takes a photo of her arm each time to help her remember when it’s been 56 days...

BY Mike Zenner

I’m an average guy that has never been that concerned about my health care. But once I got into my 60s, I started doing annual exams and cancer...

BY Meagan Raeke

Oropharyngeal cancer includes cancers of the tonsils, base of the tongue and other parts of the throat. It’s usually caused by the human papillomavirus...