Definition of mastectomy
: surgical removal of all or part of the breast and sometimes associated lymph nodes and muscles
Recent Examples of mastectomy from the Web
Exchange surgery was a success and a huge difference from the double mastectomy surgery.
Those procedures can include having a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer.
St. Clair immediately signed up for the most aggressive chemotherapy treatment available to her and scheduled a double mastectomy.
The reason for the implants — cosmetic breast enlargement or reconstruction after a mastectomy — makes no difference, either.
Tig Notaro, who had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy in 2012, has not only continued performing but has emerged as a major comic star since the experience.
But after an ultrasound revealed a tumor, Thompson underwent a double-mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy.
White was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and will soon undergo a double mastectomy.
In his private practice, Ian Paterson lied to exaggerate risks that patients would develop breast cancer, performing needless surgery and in some cases mastectomies for which patients paid, judge Jeremy Baker said.
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Did You Know?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Early cases can often be treated with drugs or with a small operation called a lumpectomy (because it removes a lump). Though a "simple mastectomy" is larger than a lumpectomy, it allows the breast to be reconstructed, using artificial implants or tissue from elsewhere on the body. But "radical mastectomy", which is required when the cancer is at an advanced stage, takes much of the chest muscle and makes reconstruction impossible.
Origin and Etymology of mastectomy
Greek mastos breast + English -ectomy
First Known Use: circa 1923See Words from the same year
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