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What is a modified radical mastectomy?

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A less traumatic and more widely used procedure is the modified radical mastectomy (MRM). With the MRM, the entire breast is removed as well as the underarm lymph nodes. But chest muscles are left intact. The skin covering the chest wall may or may not be left intact. The procedure may be followed with breast reconstruction.

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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