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Mastectomy

Mastectomy of right breast

A mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast. This is called total or simple mastectomy. In a modified radical mastectomy, the breast is removed along with the lymph nodes under the arm, the lining over the chest muscles, and sometimes part of the chest wall muscles.

Current as of: August 21, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Laura S. Dominici, MD - Surgery, General Surgery, Oncology

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