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A 41-year-old member asked:

Radical mastectomy is a type of surgery for breast cancer that involves removing all of the breast tissue, is this true?

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: A radical mastectomy is an older operation that is not performed anymore. It involved removing the entire breast, the pectoralis major muscle and all of the lymph nodes underneath the arm. A modified radical mastectomy might be what you are asking about. This operation removes the entire breast along with all of the lymph nodes underneath the arm.
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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A truly radical mastectomy is a very uncommon operation; it means removing the breast, lymph nodes and chest wall muscles. A "total" mastectomy is the same as a "simple" mastectomy; both operations refer to removing only the entire breast. A modified radical mastectomy means removing the breast and the armpit lymph nodes, but keeping the chest wall muscles.
Sep 23, 2014
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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A truly radical mastectomy is a very uncommon operation; it means removing the breast, lymph nodes and chest wall muscles. A "total" mastectomy is the same as a "simple" mastectomy; both operations refer to removing only the entire breast. A modified radical mastectomy means removing the breast and the armpit lymph nodes, but keeping the chest wall muscles.
Sep 23, 2014
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