radical mastectomy [also called Halsted radical mastectomy]

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(RAD-ih-kul MASS-tek-tum-ee)

Surgery for breast cancer in which the breast, chest muscles, and all of the lymph nodes under the arm are removed. For many years, this was the most common operation for breast cancer. It is rarely performed today.

For more information, see Breastcancer.org's section on Mastectomy.

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Audio contributed by: Jennifer Lewis

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