modified radical mastectomy

Pronunciation: (MAH-dih-FIDE RA-dih-kul ma-STEK-toh-mee)

Surgery for breast cancer in which the breast, most or all of the lymph nodes under the arm, and the lining over the chest muscles are removed. Sometimes the surgeon also removes part of the chest wall muscles.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Modified radical mastectomy. The dotted line shows where the entire breast and some lymph nodes are removed. Part of the chest wall muscle may also be removed.

Date last modified: 2012-03-19