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Overview: A mastectomy is a surgical procedure done to remove all the breast tissue from a breast to prevent breast cancer. For those struggling with early-stage breast cancer, mastectomy can be one treatment option and lumpectomy (where only the tumour is removed from the breast) is another option. Both mastectomy and lumpectomy are considered to be equally effective for preventing the recurrence of breast cancer.
Mastectomy can be a treatment option for many types of breast cancer including:
Mastectomy is a term used for several techniques to remove one or both breasts. Your breast surgeon may also remove lymph nodes present nearby to determine whether cancer has spread.
The lymph nodes removed are then tested for breast cancer.
Types of Mastectomy:
The possible risks of mastectomy include:
Non-invasive breast cancer : Non-invasive cancers stay within the milk ducts or lobules in the breast. They do not grow into or invade normal tissues within or beyond the breast. Non-invasive cancers are sometimes called carcinoma in situ (“in the same place”) or pre-cancers.Learn Less
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