A mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast. This is called total or simple mastectomy. In a modified radical mastectomy, the breast is removed along with the lymph nodes under the arm, the lining over the chest muscles, and sometimes part of the chest wall muscles.
Current as of: August 21, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Laura S. Dominici, MD - Surgery, General Surgery, Oncology
Medical Review:Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Laura S. Dominici, MD - Surgery, General Surgery, Oncology