Mastectomy is surgery to remove one or both breasts. It is most often done to treat breast cancer. In some cases, a woman may choose to have a mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. In this case, it is called a prophylactic or preventative mastectomy. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about mastectomy, when you might need it, how it is done, how to recover, and much more.
Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Radiation therapy is often one of the treatments used for breast cancer. There are multiple ways radiation therapy is used and even different types of delivery systems. Learn more about what to expect.
WebMD offers a a brief overview of reconstructive surgery, such as those for birth defects and damage caused by injuries and cancer.
Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)
Learn about lumpectomy and partial mastectomy, breast-conserving procedures performed after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Breast Cancer Surgery Options
WebMD explains various kinds of breast cancer surgery.
Breast Cancer Survivors: Fashion Hints After Your Mastectomy
Find comfortable and attractive bras, swimsuits, even outfits for a night out on the town, after breast cancer surgery.
Breast Cancer Survivor Mary Manasco: Mastectomy After Breast Cancer Recurrence
Breast cancer survivor Mary Manasco, 59, talks about her lumpectomy, double mastectomy, and other breast cancer treatment.
Breast Cancer Survivor Tammy Joyner: Surprising Gift in Breast Cancer
Breast cancer survivor Tammy Joyner talks about getting her breast cancer diagnosed, having a mastectomy, and starting breast reconstruction.
Breast Cancer Survivor Jennifer Mukai: Choosing Double Mastectomy Over Lumpectomy
Breast cancer survivor Jennifer Mukai talks about deciding to get a double mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy.