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How dangerous is a surgery radical masectomy?

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Dr. John Fung
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In brief: Mostly morbidity

Radical mastectomy removes the whole breast, with (radical) or without (modified radical) the underlying pectoral muscles, and content of the axilla where the lymph nodes lay.
While it is not "dangerous" related to risk of dying, it has significant morbidity (complications), such as arm swelling, disfigurement, and nerve damage. You should discuss your options with your surgeon.

In brief: Mostly morbidity

Radical mastectomy removes the whole breast, with (radical) or without (modified radical) the underlying pectoral muscles, and content of the axilla where the lymph nodes lay.
While it is not "dangerous" related to risk of dying, it has significant morbidity (complications), such as arm swelling, disfigurement, and nerve damage. You should discuss your options with your surgeon.
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