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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


total mastectomy  listen  (TOH-tul ma-STEK-toh-mee)

  Surgery to remove the whole breast. Some of the lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed. Also called simple mastectomy.

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Total (simple) mastectomy; drawing shows removal of the breast and lymph nodes.