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A mastectomy is a surgery done to remove breast tissue. A number of different mastectomy procedures exist, including:
- Partial mastectomy or lumpectomy—a tumor and a small margin of surrounding breast tissue is removed
- Simple mastectomy—the entire breast is removed
- Modified radical mastectomy—entire breast and some lymph nodes in the armpit are removed, but chest muscles are left in place
- Radical mastectomy—entire breast, lymph nodes, and chest muscle are removed (rarely done)
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Last reviewedOctober 2012by Andrea Chisholm
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