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What is a mastectomy?

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A mastectomy is surgery to remove a breast. In the past, a radical mastectomy with complete removal of the breast was the standard treatment for breast cancer. But surgical breakthroughs over the past two decades have given women more options than ever before. Less invasive breast-conserving treatments are available to many women.

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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