Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fibroadenoma of the Breast Treatment

Small breast fibroadenomas do not require treatment if there is no concern that the breast lump contains breast cancer. In many cases, breast fibroadenomas shrink in size as a woman ages. A breast fibroadenoma may require removal if an imaging test or biopsy suggests that the lump could be cancer. The surgical procedure to remove a breast lump is called a lumpectomy. A large, noncancerous breast fibroadenoma may also require lumpectomy. Removal of a fibroadenoma rarely results in a disfigured breast.

Treatment for breast fibroadenoma may include:

Fibroadenoma of the Breast Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of breast fibroadenoma.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for breast cancer?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Fibroadenoma of the Breast Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat breast fibroadenoma:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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