What is Mastectomy?
Alternate Names for Mastectomy:
Surgery for breast cancer
Surgery to remove a breast
Surgical removal, breast
A mastectomy is a surgery done to remove breast tissue. A number of different mastectomy procedures exist, including:
- Partial mastectomy or lumpectomy-a tumor and a small margin of surrounding breast tissue is removed
- Simple mastectomy-the entire breast is removed
- Modified radical mastectomy-entire breast and some lymph nodes in the armpit are removed, but chest muscles are left in place
- Radical mastectomy-entire breast, lymph nodes, and chest muscle are removed (rarely done)
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.
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