A radical mastectomy is the complete removal of the breast, including the nipple. The surgeon also removes the overlying skin, the muscles beneath the breast, and the lymph nodes. If your lymph nodes look normal on ultrasound, your surgeon will check them during your operation to remove the breast cancer. A few hours before the operation, your doctor injects a small amount of mildly radioactive liquid into your breast close to the tumour. The radioactive liquid is called a tracer.
There are two main types of surgery to remove breast cancer: Breast-conserving surgery (also called a lumpectomy, quadrantectomy, partial mastectomy, Mastectomy – A surgery in which the entire breast is removed, including all Last Revised: August 18, 2016. Sep 13, 2017 · Mastectomy is a way of treating breast cancer by removing the entire breast through surgery. It’s often done when a woman cannot be treated with breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy), which spares most of the breast.It can also be done if a woman chooses mastectomy over breast-conserving surgery for personal reasons.Last Revised: September 13, 2017.
All women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancer experience varying degrees of breast numbness and loss of sensation (feeling) because nerves that provide sensation to the breast are cut when breast tissue is removed during surgery. However, a woman may regain some sensation as the severed nerves grow and regenerate, and breast surgeons continue to make technical advances . Sep 13, 2014 · Some women who have cancer in one breast and are eligible for a lumpectomy followed by radiation opt instead to have both breasts removed in a double mastectomy. Some who test positive for the BRCA gene mutation choose to have healthy breasts and ovaries removed, like star Angelina Jolie did last year.Author: Cameron Scott.