When possible, most women choose breast conservation therapy (lumpectomy with radiation therapy) over mastectomy. Under some circumstances, mastectomy is a better option. The technique of mastectomy has evolved since the original classical radical mastectomy. The recent trend is toward greater use of skin-sparing mastectomy (SSM) with immediate reconstruction. Technical aspects of performing a mastectomy are reviewed.
KeywordsAxillary Node Dissection Skin Flap Contralateral Breast Cancer Prophylactic Contralateral Mastectomy Myocutaneous Flap
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