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Dr. Al Hegab
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Radical Mastectomy (Overview)

A radical mastectomy is a breast surgery that is rarely done today. It includes removal of the nipple, a paddle of skin around the nipple, all visible breast tissue, the pectoral is chest muscles (pecs), and axillary/underarm lymph nodes. When a mastectomy needs to be done these days, a modified radical mastectomy is done, which spares the pectoralis muscles.


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Is the radical mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the radical mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Yes, but . . .: Yes, but not having a radical mastectomy when it's called for would be far riskier. Any surgery carries risk and a mastectomy is no different, but those risks are far smaller than the risk of a spreading breast cancer. By the way, if you're concerned that a radical mastectomy is more than you need for your cancer, you can and should always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
29 doctors shared insights

Radical Mastectomy (Overview)

A radical mastectomy is a breast surgery that is rarely done today. It includes removal of the nipple, a paddle of skin around the nipple, all visible breast tissue, the pectoral is chest muscles (pecs), and axillary/underarm lymph nodes. When a mastectomy needs to be done these days, a modified radical mastectomy is done, which spares the pectoralis muscles.


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How common is it for someone to need a radical mastectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a radical mastectomy?

Uncommon: Radical mastectomy involves removing the breast, adjacent nodes, node dissection in the armpit, pectoralis muscle and enveloping membranes. It is disfiguring, painful and rarely needed. On if you have neglected obvious signs of breast cancer would this be considered. Muscle sparing mastectomy is more common as is lumpectomy. ...Read more

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What are possible complications after a radical mastectomy?

Several: 1. Infection 2. Bleeding 3. Recurrence of cancer 4. Swelling of the arm or hand 5. Limitation of movement of the arm or shoulder 6. Pain or numbness of the upper inner aspect of the arm. 7. Fluid collection on the chest wall (seroma) ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: radical mastectomy?

What is the definition or description of: radical mastectomy?

Not often done: A radical mastectomy is a breast surgery that is rarely done today. It includes removal of the nipple, a paddle of skin around the nipple, all visible breast tissue, the pectoral is chest muscles (pecs), and axillary/underarm lymph nodes. When a mastectomy needs to be done these days, a modified radical mastectomy is done, which spares the pectoralis muscles. ...Read more

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A 59 year old woman has undergone a left radical mastectomy, what does this indicate?

Old Surgeon: Radical mastectomies are not typically performed any longer. They add removal of the large chest wall muscles to that of the breast and axillary lymph nodes. More common is the modified radical mastectomy = removal of breast and axillary lymph nodes on the same side of the breast. (no muscle is removed). ...Read more

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Why might it be that it be a radical mastectomy instead of elephantiasis?

Not clear: Can you repeat your question in a different way? It is unclear what you are asking. Have a great day. ...Read more

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What muscle is removed during a radical mastectomy?

What muscle is removed during a radical mastectomy?

Pectoralis muscles: Actually, this question should read "was", not "is", since we never perform radical mastectomies any more (nor have we for 30+ yrs); removing the muscles never helps treat the cancer. The most common mastectomy for breast cancer treatment is called a modified radical mastectomy. This means that the breast and armpit lymph nodes are removed without any muscle removal. ...Read more

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How long for hospital stay after radical mastectomy?

Radical?: Radical mastectomy (removal of the breast, axillary nodes, and the chest wall muscle behind the bread)t is rarely done now except for a locally advanced tumor directly invading muscle despite neoadjuvant therapy. A total mastectomy is removal of all the breast tissue (incl nipple complex). Often done with sentinel node bx. Modified radical is a total mastectomy plus an axillary node dissection. ...Read more

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Why is it that a radical mastectomy could produce axillary edematous(edema)?

Why is it that a radical mastectomy could produce axillary edematous(edema)?

Lymph nodes: During a radial mastectomy, lymph node dissection is excessive and nodes work to drain the arm of lymph fluid. The less nodes you have more chance of lymph edema. ...Read more

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Please explain why would it be a radical mastectomy instead of elephantiasis?

Unrelated: Radical mastectomy , for cancer where chest walk muscles also taken with breast and lymph nodes no longer being done . Elephantiasis is condition seen in tropics , filarial infection , lymph vessels are completely blocked result in fluid accumulation , leg looks like elephant leg . Other disease when lymph is blocked will have similar appearance ...Read more

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Early 40's friend recovering from radical mastectomy. Should she have counselling or clinical psychology session?

Early 40's friend recovering from radical mastectomy. Should she have counselling or clinical psychology session?

Yes: Breast cancer in women under 50 can be difficult to accept and handle. It is important to have a good family or friend support system. It helps to get involved with a local breast cancer support group. Getting professional counseling is a good idea especially if one is having difficulty accepting diagnosis and moving through daily life activities. No one should go through this alone. ...Read more

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How effective is a radical mastectomy for treating breast cancer?

How effective is a radical mastectomy for treating breast cancer?

Mastectomy : Mastectomy is generally very effective, however chemotherapy and radiation are sometimes recommended as well. It really depends on the type of cancer, how aggressive it is, and wether there has been spread to other areas or lymph nodes. In early stages mastectomy can cure 95-98% of women. Your breast surgeon/oncologist can/should provide specifics based on your case. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I'm having acute pain from my radical mastectomy surgery wednesday. Normal? I have high risk breast cancer

I'm having acute pain from my radical mastectomy surgery wednesday. Normal? I have high risk breast cancer

Call your surgeon: It is normal to have some level of pain for the next few weeks after your sugery. I recommend you contact your surgeon and be evaluated. ...Read more

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5 ears ago mum had radical mastectomy in left breast.despite docs warnings she exercised and beared havy weights with left and which us now so swollen?

5 ears ago mum had radical mastectomy in left breast.despite docs warnings she exercised and beared havy weights with left and which us now so swollen?

Swelling in arm near: mastectomy site is unfortunately a risk factor. Your mom may have a condition called lymphedema, wherein lymph fluid collects because some lymph glads have been removed. Encourage your mom to discuss this w/her doctor. There are treatments for it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more