simple mastectomy

Pronunciation: (SIM-pul ma-STEK-toh-mee)

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

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Total (simple) mastectomy. The dotted line shows where the entire breast is removed. Some lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed.

Date last modified: 2012-06-20