Breast pump helps reconstruction after mastectomy
Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:54:36 GMT — WHAT IS A MASTECTOMY? Mastectomy is surgery to remove all breast tissue from a breast as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer. Only high-risk patients have surgery to prevent cancer. There are four main types.
- Total mastectomy - removal of breast tissue and nipple
- Modified radical mastectomy - removal of the breast, most of the lymph nodes under the arm and often the lining over the chest muscles
- Lumpectomy - surgery to remove the tumor and a small amount of normal tissue around it
- Radical mastectomy - the removal of the breast, lymph nodes and chest muscles. This is no longer common