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Radical Mastectomy for Breast Cancer

During a radical mastectomy, the surgeon removes all of the breast tissue along with the nipple, lymph nodes in the armpit, and chest wall muscles, under the breast. This procedure is rarely performed today, because modified radical mastectomy, a less extensive surgery, has proved to be equally as effective, less disfiguring, and does not carry the risk of secondary angiosarcoma associated with this type of surgery.

You should be asked to give blood before breast cancer surgery, in case a transfusion becomes necessary.

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You should thoroughly discuss  surgical options with the operating surgeon to achieve the best outcome. Whichever type of surgery is your best option, you will be able to return home after a short stay in the hospital.

 

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Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on July 02, 2014

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