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How common is it for someone to need a radical mastectomy?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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