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.
Modified Radical Mastectomy
WebMD explains a less invasive breast cancer procedure called modified radical mastectomy (MRM), including its risks and benefits.
WebMD defines total or simple mastectomy for breast cancer.
Radical Mastectomy for Breast Cancer
Radical mastectomy for breast cancer is rarely performed today. WebMD explains the procedure and what has followed.
WebMD defines partial mastectomy for breast cancer.
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.
Prophylactic Double Mastectomy: FAQ
Preventative double mastectomy (also called prophylactic double mastectomy) is surgery to remove both breasts to try to prevent breast cancer. Who gets a prophylactic mastectomy, why, and what are the risks and benefits? Read about the reasons some women consider this surgery to prevent breast cancer before it starts.
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 Mary Manasco: Mastectomy After Breast Cancer Recurrence
Breast cancer survivor Mary Manasco, 59, talks about her lumpectomy, double mastectomy, and other breast cancer treatment.