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.
Mastectomy (Breast Removal Surgery)
Mastectomy is defined as the surgical removal of one or both of the breasts, although sometimes a partial mastectomy is possible. It is a common treatment for breast cancer. Learn more about what to expect, and get tips for recovery.
Breast Cancer Surgery Options
WebMD explains various kinds of breast cancer surgery.
WebMD offers a a brief overview of reconstructive surgery, such as those for birth defects and damage caused by injuries and cancer.
Tips for Recovering From Breast Cancer Surgery
Know what to expect after breast cancer surgery, from caring for incisions to range-of-motion exercises to visiting your doctor.
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.