What is Mastectomy Surgery?

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What Is Mastectomy Surgery?

In treating breast cancer, doctors have several treatment options to choose from. One of these is mastectomy surgery, a procedure that involves the removal of a breast or both breasts. There are various ways to perform the surgery, which we will discuss later.

Mastectomy is performed on high-risk patients to reduce the possibility of breast cancer forming or spreading. Patients who wish to have their breasts restored after the surgery are then given the option to undergo breast reconstruction.


Who Can Get Mastectomy Surgery?

Typically, women diagnosed with certain breast abnormalities are advised to get a mastectomy. The surgery is used to treat different forms of breast cancer, such as:

1. Non-invasive breast cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ)2.

2. Early stage breast cancer (stages 1 and 2)

3. Locally advanced breast cancer (stage 3, after chemotherapy)

4. Inflammatory breast cancer (after chemotherapy)

5. Locally recurrent breast cancer

6. Paget’s disease of the breast or nipple

There are also cases unrelated to breast cancer that require a mastectomy to be performed. These include women with:

1. Fibrocystic breast disease

2. Dense brain tissue

3. Extreme chronic breast pain

4. Family history of breast cancer


What Are the Types of Mastectomy Surgery?

Mastectomy can be done in different ways. Depending on several factors, doctors will choose from among the following types:

  • Total or simple mastectomy

During total mastectomy, the surgeon removes the entire breast but keep the lymph nodes and muscles under the breast intact.

  • Double mastectomy

Commonly used on high-risk patients, this surgery involves removing both breasts as a preventive measure.

  • Radical mastectomy

This involves the removal of the entire breast, chest wall muscles, and the underarm lymph nodes. While radical mastectomy used to be common in the past, doctors now recommend it only if the cancer has reached the chest muscles below the breast. With the surgical advancements made over the past few years, this treatment is now rarely performed.

  • Modified radical mastectomy

This procedure requires the surgeon to remove the entire breast and the underarm lymph nodes while leaving the chest wall muscles in place. Due to its effectiveness, many doctors would rather perform modified radical mastectomy than radical mastectomy.

  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy

In this procedure, all of the breast tissue is removed except the nipple.

  • Skin-sparing mastectomy

The surgeon removes both nipple and breast tissue in a skin-sparing mastectomy. The skin is left to enable the reconstruction of the breast later on, providing a more natural appearance after the operation.


How Do Doctors Choose Which Type of Mastectomy to Perform?

As with deciding on the treatment for breast cancer, doctors depend on various factors to identify which type of mastectomy is suited for their patients. These factors include:

1. Patient’s overall health

2. Patient’s age

3. Patient’s menopause status

4. Stage of the tumor

5. Size of the tumor

6. Severity of the tumor

7. Presence of lymph nodes

8. Whether the tumor is hormone-receptive


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