Mastectomy for Breast Cancer
A mastectomy is a surgical procedure designed to treat or prevent breast cancer by removing an entire breast. This type of surgery may be recommended for a patient who is diagnosed with two or more cancerous lesions in the same breast that are located too far apart to be removed through a single incision, or for a patient who has already received radiation therapy to the affected breast. Additionally, a patient who has been identified as having a high risk of developing breast cancer may choose to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy as a preventive measure.
The compassionate experts at Moffitt Cancer Center can help a patient understand the implications of a breast cancer diagnosis and provide in-depth information about all available treatment options. For instance, some patients have a choice between a mastectomy and a breast-conserving approach, such as a lumpectomy. This is a highly personal decision, and we are here to provide all of the information and support that a patient may need to make the right choice for her.
What types of mastectomy procedures are performed at Moffitt?
Moffitt has earned an international reputation as a leader in breast cancer surgery, including advanced nipple- and skin-sparing techniques. As a high-volume cancer center, we offer a level of surgical expertise that far exceeds that of most other providers. Our fellowship-trained breast surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in performing several different types of mastectomy procedures, such as:
- Total or simple mastectomy – Surgical removal of one breast
- Bilateral mastectomy – Surgical removal of both breasts
- Modified radical mastectomy – Along with the surgical removal of a breast, a procedure called axillary lymph node dissection is performed to remove the lymph nodes in the underarm area
Some patients choose to undergo breast reconstruction surgery either during or after a mastectomy. When performing a reconstruction procedure, a surgeon creates a breast shape with an implant or flap of tissue derived from another area of the patient’s body (autologous tissue transfer). Moffitt’s surgical team includes reconstructive specialists who can contribute to a patient’s treatment.
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