from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Surgical removal of all or part of a breast, sometimes including excision of the underlying pectoral muscles and regional lymph nodes, usually performed as a treatment for cancer.
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- n. The surgical procedure to remove of all or part of a breast; mammectomy.
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- n. surgical removal of a breast to remove a malignant tumor
A mastectomy is when a woman’s breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue.
In 500 BC, in her own court, Atossa self-prescribes the most primitive form of a mastectomy, which is performed by her Greek slave.
She had to have a mastectomy, which is not trivial surgery; it's not open-heart surgery, but it does require a large incision to be made, which is always dangerous.
So you decide to have a double mastectomy, which is a huge decision in the first place.
Rancic also wants to send out a positive message to other women that instead of being something to be ashamed of, a mastectomy is a life-saving operation.
The mastectomy is the most difficult part of the surgery.
"Upon diagnosis, it usually requires a mastectomy, which is removal of the nipple and breast tissue."
Each woman was counseled about her breast cancer risk and about the option of prophylactic mastectomy, which is surgery to remove both breasts while they're still cancer-free.
Doctors told her that the cancer was too widespread for a lumpectomy (the removal of only the tumour and surrounding tissue) and radiotherapy, and that a mastectomy was the best option.
Chen explained that a mastectomy is the generally accepted surgical treatment for a second cancer because whole breast radiation, which typically accompanies a lumpectomy, is not usually recommended twice in a lifetime.
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