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Radical Mastectomy: What You Need to Know

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

From: A mastectomy is surgery to remove a breast. There are several types of mastectomy, including total, modified radical, and radical. A radical mastectomy is the most extensive type. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the entire breast along with the underarm (axillary) lymph nodes and chest wall muscles. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at radical …

40 Years Later, Relearning That Sometimes Less Is More in Breast Cancer

In In The News, Uncategorized by Barbara Jacoby

By Karuna Jagger Forty years ago, the radical Halsted mastectomy was the standard treatment of the day for any breast cancer diagnosis. Surgeons removed a woman’s cancerous breast as well as underarm lymph nodes and the chest wall muscles — often before a woman even knew she had cancer, as part of the surgery that included the diagnostic biopsy. A …