Lump in the Breast Treatment
The treatment of a breast lump depends on the underlying cause. Small breast lumps do not require treatment if there is no concern that the breast lump may represent an infection or breast cancer. Some breast lumps shrink in size as a woman ages. A breast lump caused by an infection may require surgery and treatment with antibiotics.
A breast lump 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. Removal of a breast lump rarely results in a disfigured breast.
Treatment options for a breast lump include:
- Surgery to remove the lump
- Biopsy to look for evidence of cancer
- Warm compresses
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
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Lump in the Breast Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a breast lump.
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 to lose weight?
- 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?
Lump in the Breast Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat breast lump:
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