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Remove the nipples when they do a simple mastectomy?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
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In brief: Usually

The gold standard oncologic mastectomy still includes removal of all the glandular tissue including the nipple/areolar complex since the ducts insert into the tip of the nipple.
Leaving the nipple thus means leaving a minimal amount of breast tissue. Nipple sparing mastectomies are being done on an investigational basis for small tumors away from the nipple understanding the above.

In brief: Usually

The gold standard oncologic mastectomy still includes removal of all the glandular tissue including the nipple/areolar complex since the ducts insert into the tip of the nipple.
Leaving the nipple thus means leaving a minimal amount of breast tissue. Nipple sparing mastectomies are being done on an investigational basis for small tumors away from the nipple understanding the above.
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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