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What are the two types of mastectomy?

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There are two kinds:

In some cases, more surgery is required after a partial mastectomy. Sometimes, if cancer cells are still in breast tissue, it may be necessary to remove the entire breast.

  • A lumpectomy removes the tumor and a small cancer-free area of tissue surrounding the tumor.
  • A quadrantectomy removes the tumor and more of the breast tissue than a lumpectomy.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for Breast Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Breast Cancer: Treatment Guidelines for Patients."

Cancer Net: "Guide to Breast Cancer."

BreastCancer.org: "What is Mastectomy?"

John Hopkins Medicine: “Mastectomy.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for Breast Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Breast Cancer: Treatment Guidelines for Patients."

Cancer Net: "Guide to Breast Cancer."

BreastCancer.org: "What is Mastectomy?"

John Hopkins Medicine: “Mastectomy.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 17, 2019

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