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mastectomy (măstĕk`təmē), surgical removal of breast tissue, usually done as treatment for breast cancercancer,
in medicine, common term for neoplasms, or tumors, that are malignant. Like benign tumors, malignant tumors do not respond to body mechanisms that limit cell growth.
..... Click the link for more information. . There are many types of mastectomy. In general, the farther the cancer has spread, the more tissue is taken. The radical mastectomies of the past (which removed not only the breast, but underlying chest muscle and lymph nodes) have largely been replaced by less drastic, but equally effective procedures. For small tumors, lumpectomy, removing just the tumor and a margin of tissue, may be performed. A partial, or segmental, mastectomy removes the cancer, some breast tissue, the lining over the chest, and usually some lymph nodes from under the arm; total or simple mastectomy removes the whole breast; modified radical mastectomy takes the breast, lining over the chest muscles, and lymph nodes.
Breast reconstruction can be done using the patient's own tissue or breast implantsbreast implant,
saline- or silicone-filled prosthesis used after mastectomy as a part of the breast reconstruction process or used cosmetically to augment small breasts.
..... Click the link for more information. . Mammograms and self-conducted breast exams have done much to reduce the need for radical procedures because they have increased early detection of the cancer, allowing it to be treated before it has spread.
Surgical removal of the breast. Also known as mammectomy.
the surgical removal of a breast
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I'm not looking forward to the masectomy
because I've never been into hospital before so the operation will be a shock.
Wagman, chairman of the division of surgery at City of Hope Cancer Center, said the study fell short of convincing him to stop advising radiation for DCIS patients who chose excision over masectomy
The surgeon acted quickly, and I had a masectomy
two weeks after and then months of gruelling chemotherapy.
The I'm Outta Love singer beat breast cancer twice before having a double masectomy
in 2013 and won't let fear of the disease returning rule her life.
I had recovered from breast cancer, and had a double masectomy
and my ovaries removed.
In her interview, SHARON - who is also said to have had partial reconstruction surgery - refuses to feel sorry for herself over her double masectomy
A: In the first edition, we hear Gweno Williams' emotional story about how she made the difficult decision to undergo a breast masectomy
due to a family history of breast cancer.
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