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
But after an ultrasound revealed a tumor, Thompson underwent a double-mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy.
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.
Reach to Recovery Home visit program for mastectomy and lumpectomy patients.
The double mastectomy did not end Merges' episode with cancer.
Yes, in very rare circumstances, radical measures can be taken, such as a double mastectomy to forestall the likelihood of breast cancer.
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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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