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Breast Cancer Surgery Overview

Surgery is done to remove cancer while it's still in the breast. This article is a brief introduction.

Breast Cancer Surgery Overview

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Lumpectomy (Breast-Conserving Surgery)

Get a brief description and see an illustration of a lumpectomy, also called breast-conserving surgery.

Lumpectomy (Breast-Conserving Surgery)

Partial Mastectomy

A partial mastectomy is more extensive than a lumpectomy, without removing the whole breast. See a drawing and read a very short description of the procedure.

Partial Mastectomy

Total Mastectomy

In a total mastectomy, the entire breast is removed. Read a short description and see an illustration about it.

Total Mastectomy

Radical Mastectomy

Besides removing the breast, radical mastectomy is no longer performed surgery that also takes out lymph nodes in the arm pit and part of the chest wall. See a drawing of the area covered and read a short description.

Radical Mastectomy

Modified Radical Mastectomy

During a modified radical mastectomy, the surgeon removes the breast (including the skin, breast tissue, areola, and nipple) and most of the lymph nodes under the arm. This surgery is now performed instead of a radical mastectomy as it has proven to be equally as effective and less disfiguring. Learn more about how this surgery is performed.

Modified Radical Mastectomy

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on June 26, 2012
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