Mastectomy

What is a mastectomy?

Mastectomy is surgery to remove all breast tissue from a breast as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer.

What happens after the procedure?

Most patients are in the hospital for only 1-2 days and are back to their normal activities within a few weeks.

What is the next step after the mastectomy?

If the tumor is cancerous, a multi-disciplinary team that may include the primary care physician, medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nurse navigators and other related specialists, takes a prospective view of patient cases prior to recommending treatment options. Together, the team will review the patient's history and pathology and reach a consensus regarding what is ultimately the best treatment plan for a patient. In most cases, it is recommended that the patient consult with medical and radiation oncologists to discuss further treatment plans.

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