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What is a partial mastectomy?

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Women with stage I or stage II breast cancer may have this procedure. It’s is a breast-conserving method in which the tumor and the tissue surrounding it are all that’s removed. The surgery is followed by radiation therapy to the remaining breast tissue. With radiation therapy, powerful X-rays target the breast tissue. The radiation kills cancer cells and prevents them from spreading, or reoccurring.

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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