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Christina Applegate undergoes double mastectomy   -  Aug 20, 2008
American actor Christina Applegate says she underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Applegate, who has now been given the ... Sydney Morning Herald

More Women Choosing 'Preventive' Double Mastectomy   -  Oct 23, 2007
By Kathleen Doheny. MONDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Women diagnosed with breast cancer who have a mastectomy are increasingly choosing to have their ... Washington Post

Study: Women increasingly opt for mastectomy   -  May 16, 2008
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY. More breast cancer patients are undergoing mastectomies, reversing a trend in which women were choosing less extensive surgeries ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Breast Cancer: Many Opt for Mastectomy   -  Aug 19, 2005
By Salynn Boyles. Women with breast cancer often opt for mastectomy instead of lumpectomy when offered a choice between the two treatments, an eye-opening ... FOXNews

Few patients told of post-mastectomy options   -  Dec 21, 2007
By Marilynn Marchione, AP. MILWAUKEE — Most American doctors do not talk about breast reconstruction with women before cancer surgery, depriving them of key ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy - Report - New York Times   -  Oct 23, 2006
By FELICIA R. LEE. With a memoir titled “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy,�? Geralyn Lucas turned her battle with breast cancer at age 27 into a sassy ... New York Times

Study may guide preventive mastectomy decision   -  Jan 26, 2009
A breast cancer patient listens to her doctor after a radiological exam in a file photo. - Yannis Behrakis. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small but growing ... National Post

A third would consider mastectomy   -  Jun 13, 2005
A third of UK women would consider having both breasts removed to reduce the risk of cancer, a survey suggests. While most are not at high risk, ... BBC News

Facebook Caves, Lets Woman Post Mastectomy Picture   -  May 29, 2009
When Sharon Adams posted pictures of her breasts to Facebook, she wasn't doing it to be lewd or disgusting. She was doing it to raise awareness of breast ... FOXNews

After Mastectomy, Finding the Right 'New Normal'   -  Jan 3, 2006
By JANE E. BRODY. Both of Kerry Herman's parents had cancer. Her mother survived breast cancer that was treated when she was 48, and her father died of ... New York Times

Mastectomy: Surgery to treat or prevent breast cancer   -  Nov 30, 2007
Learn about mastectomy, including when it's necessary, what's involved and what you can expect after the surgery. Got a question about a health story in the ... CNN

Women With Breast Cancer Gene Favor Preventive Mastectomy   -  Mar 9, 2009
By Kevin McKeever. MONDAY, March 9 (HealthDay News) -- Women who know they carry a gene that puts them at higher risk of breast cancer tend to opt for ... ABC News

Post-mastectomy implants a risk ; Research reveals complications that...   -  Dec 20, 2005
Most participants got implants several weeks after breast removal surgery, whereas most U.S. mastectomy patients who choose implants get them when their ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Tribune - ProQuest Archiver

Mastectomy - Surgery Procedures & Risks - NY Times Health Information   -  Jun 7, 2006
A mastectomy is the surgical removal of the entire breast, usually to treat serious breast disease, such as breast cancer. Total (or simple) mastectomy ... New York Times

What is a Prophylactic Mastectomy and Am I Still at Risk for Breast...   -  Oct 4, 2007
Question: What is a prophylactic mastectomy and am I still at risk for breast cancer if I have this surgery? Answer: 'Prophylactic mastectomy' just implies ... ABC News

… discharge unacceptable for double-mastectomy patient, politicians...   -  Apr 16, 2008
Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones raised the case of a breast cancer patient who felt pressured to accept a same-day discharge after double mastectomy surgery. ...

Rates of preventive mastectomy rising in US   -  Apr 24, 2009
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research points to a dramatic increase in the number of women diagnosed with the earliest stage of breast cancer in one ... Reuters UK

'I'm thrilled to have a double mastectomy'   -  Oct 18, 2006
By Richard Savill. A former beauty queen who is in perfect health is to have a double mastectomy in an attempt to avoid the cancer that has struck her ...

Cancer Free at 33, but Weighing a Mastectomy   -  Sep 16, 2007
Deborah Lindner, 33, did intensive research as she considered having a preventive mastectomy after a DNA test. By AMY HARMON ... New York Times

… -year-old becomes youngest to choose double mastectomy to beat...   -  Apr 15, 2009
A woman who became the youngest in Britain to have a double mastectomy has spoken of her decision and of how breast cancer has affected generations of her ...

Uninsured woman has mastectomy   -  Jan 12, 2010
BY PATRICIA ANSTETT. A stranger drove through ice and snow Monday to deliver a $1000 check to Rachel Peterson several hours before she underwent a free ... Detroit Free Press

''Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy'' | What to Watch | TV | …   -  Oct 20, 2006
By Alynda Wheat. Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy (Lifetime, TV-14) Don't let the cutesy title fool you. This true story about a 27-year-old breast ... Entertainment Weekly

Mastectomy patients mark this calendar   -  Aug 26, 2007
By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY. It has been more than two years since she had a double mastectomy at age 49, and she's only now having breast reconstruction. ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Man suing hospital for unneeded mastectomy   -  May 14, 2009
NYACK, NY, May 14 (UPI) -- A 28-year-old man alleges in a lawsuit against a hospital in Nyack, NY, he underwent a mastectomy as a result of a misdiagnosis ...

Mastectomy Before Breast Cancer: One Woman's Choice   -  Apr 1, 2008
By Beth Brophy. In a new memoir arriving in stores this month, television writer Jessica Queller (Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, Felicity, One Tree Hill) ... U.S. News & World Report

Kylie may have to undergo mastectomy   -  Oct 26, 2005
London: Aussie singing sensation Kylie Minogue, who is battling breast cancer at the Institute ustave-Roussy in Paris may have to undergo mastectomy, ... Sify

Medical mix-up, unnecessary mastectomy - TODAY Health   -  Oct 4, 2007
By Mike Celizic. Because of a mislabeled tissue sample that led to a misdiagnosis, Darrie Eason had both of her breasts removed to save her from a cancer ...

Breast Cancer | Mastectomy | | The Sun |Woman|Real Life   -  Jan 22, 2010
By BELLA BATTLE. A SEXY brunette in a corset lies back on the floor and smiles confidently up at the camera. But this woman isn't a model on her latest ... The Sun

Study Gives Lift to Mastectomy Patients   -  Aug 13, 2009
By LAUREN COX and COURTNEY HUTCHISON. For decades, women who underwent a mastectomy were told they could not do much lifting or they might risk developing a ... ABC News

… cancer care 'unacceptable' as 90% mastectomy patients not provided...   -  Mar 10, 2008
The failure of the NHS to provide breast reconstruction for nine of out 10 cancer patients at the time of surgery was branded "totally unacceptable" today. ... Daily Mail

THE NATION; Lab mix-up results in mastectomy   -  Oct 3, 2007
..."I didn't know what to believe," said [Eason], a 35-year-old single mother from Long Beach, N.Y. "They told me I had cancer, and now they're telling me I ... Pay-Per-View - Los Angeles Times - ProQuest Archiver

Christina Applegate posed naked before mastectomy   -  Oct 2, 2008
The American actress, 36, who had a double mastectomy, said she had "her first and last nudie photoshoot at home" because she wanted a reminder of her old ...

Artist Matuschka Sues Her Doctor for Performing a Mastectomy—and …   -  Jan 22, 2010
Last year the artist Matuschka hired a master in feng shui—the arrangement of objects to create harmony—to help her redecorate her Manhattan apartment and ... People Magazine

Prophylactic mastectomy: Breast cancer prevention for high-risk women   -  Nov 24, 2009
Prophylactic mastectomy may reduce your risk of breast cancer. Learn how doctors assess breast cancer risk and how prophylactic mastectomy may help prevent ... CNN International

Performing lymph node biopsy earlier.(Mastectomy)   -  Feb 1, 2006
Altering the standard step-by-step procedure that takes women facing a mastectomy from diagnosis to surgery to reconstruction can improve the process and ... Free with registration - USA TODAY -

Radiation Benefit for Breast Cancer Shown   -  Dec 16, 2005
For women who underwent a mastectomy but whose cancer had spread to the lymph nodes under their arms, the 15-year breast cancer mortality risk was 54.7 ... Washington Post

… Advantages and Disadvantages of Mastectomy and Breast Conservation...   -  Oct 4, 2007
Question: What are the advantages/disadvantages of mastectomy and breast conservation surgery and which surgery improves my chance of survival? ... ABC News

Mastectomy Options   -  Oct 6, 2008
Description: Health Storm Center: Dr. Manny reviews the three types of mastectomies for treatment of breast cancer. " Hello welcome to help storm center I'm ... FOXNews

Discovery of cancer gene led to double mastectomy   -  Dec 20, 2009
SISTERS Veronica Neave and Christine Keepance have both had their breasts removed and are targeting their ovaries next. They are in their forties. ...

Damages awarded after unnecessary mastectomy   -  Oct 25, 2006
A woman who underwent an unnecessary partial mastectomy following an analysis of a lump on her breast has accepted a 'substantial' sum in damages. ...

Bride with rare cancer gene opts for mastectomy after wedding   -  Jul 25, 2007
Joan Crossland is approaching her wedding day with more nervous anxiety than most because only a day after she returns from honeymoon she will have to ... Times Online

A Breast Cancer With a Built-In Quandary   -  Feb 22, 2005
Should a woman have a mastectomy, a lumpectomy with or without radiation therapy, ... Until recently, the customary treatment was mastectomy, and there were ... New York Times

Why I Had a Double Mastectomy   -  Jan 26, 2010
By Maria Eftimiades. First, TV Anchor René Syler Lost Her Job at CBS's The Early Show. Then She Underwent Surgery to Remove Both Breasts. ... People Magazine

College, Cancer and a Double Mastectomy: A 22-Year-Old's Story   -  Oct 22, 2008
By Colleen Cappon. Colleen Cappon was 21 years old and had just started her senior year at State University of New York Cortland in Cortland, NY, ... FOXNews

Mastectomy Not First Choice for Most Breast Cancer Patients   -  Oct 13, 2009
By Serena Gordon. TUESDAY, Oct. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to common belief, most women diagnosed with breast cancer are not turning to mastectomy as ... U.S. News & World Report

...[Patrick Borgen] showed her photos of patients with slight builds resembling hers, women who had only a few scars after breast surgery. "All of a sudden, ... Pay-Per-View - New York Post - ProQuest Archiver

Post-mastectomy risk equal for both genders   -  Jun 22, 2005
Much more critical in deciding the need for radiation are such risk factors as the size and grade of the tumour and whether it has spread to the lymph nodes ... Pay-Per-View - The Record - ProQuest Archiver

The New York Times > Health > Slide Show > Mastectomy > Slide 3 of 4   -  Aug 1, 2007
In some cases, the cancer is too large to be removed by lumpectomy. In these situations, removal of the breast along with the lymph nodes in the armpit ... New York Times

Tributes : News :   -  Jan 21, 2010
...and opted for a modified, radical bilateral mastectomy, followed by courses of chemotherapy and tamoxifen, a drug used to prevent recurrence. ... People Magazine

Breast mris delay cancer treatment by weeks   -  Sep 8, 2008
Women with newly diagnosed breast cancer who get an MRI scan wait about three weeks longer before their surgery and are far more likely to get a mastectomy ... 央视国际

Mother who found 31 cancer cases in family has double mastectomy   -  Jul 17, 2007
A mother of three underwent a double mastectomy after discovering that 31 of her relatives had suffered from breast cancer in the past 200 years. ... Times Online

For some women, elective double mastectomy brings peace of mind   -  May 10, 2009
By Rachel Saslow. Actress Christina Applegate had a double mastectomy last summer. “I'm definitely not going to die of breast cancer,�? she has said. ... Providence Journal

Woman who had mastectomy tells Dr. Gott she has muscle pain in her …   -  Dec 15, 2005
Dear Dr. Gott: A few years ago I had a bilateral mastectomy and am now having pains in the muscle of my right arm, across my shoulders and in my left arm. ... Spokesman-Review - Google News Archive

Bass: Applegate has double mastectomy   -  Aug 24, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- US actress Christina Applegate is recovering from a double mastectomy she had after being diagnosed with breast cancer, ...

Mastectomy pilot must be reinstated   -  Oct 6, 2007
SEOUL The Seoul Administrative Court ordered the Defence Ministry to reinstate one of its first women helicopter pilots, who was discharged after she had a ... Times Online

Christina Applegate: Cancer free after double mastectomy   -  Jan 8, 2010
Christina Applegate wasted little time deciding to undergo a double mastectomy—even though cancer was detected in only one breast. ... People Magazine

New technique offers breast reconstruction, tummy tuck after mastectom...   -  Nov 6, 2009
The plastic surgery that includes breast reconstruction after mastectomy, combined with a tummy tuck, is a type of microsurgery with quick recovery time. ... Daily News & Analysis

Second Opinion May Aid Breast Cancer Treatment   -  Dec 5, 2006
Disagreement involved everything from the interpretation of mammograms to the necessity for mastectomy, and 6 of the 149 women in the one-year study were ... New York Times

Life After Double Mastectomy: New Mom Talks About Battling Breast …   -  Oct 3, 2008
By Jessica Ryen Doyle. It should have been the happiest time of Theresa Patchen's life. Newly married and eight months pregnant, she certainly wasn't ... FOXNews

… and survival after contralateral prophylactic mastectomy in BRCA1 o   -  Mar 29, 2005
The clinical outcome of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) in women ... Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy reduced the risk of contralateral ...

Preventative mastectomy seen as 'life-saving'   -  Apr 8, 2006
New York - Most women who have a breast removed to prevent a second bout of cancer don't regret their decision, a new study suggests. ... Independent Online

… for Breast Cancer Discourages Prophylactic Mastectomy in Women...   -  Oct 28, 2009
The removal of a noncancerous breast (prophylactic mastectomy) is generally ... In the updated NCCN Guidelines, it states that prophylactic mastectomy (the ...

'I'm Begging You Don't Let Me Die'   -  Jan 25, 2010
He recommended a bilateral modified radical mastectomy—the removal of both breasts. ... When I was 7, a close relative had had a mastectomy and she is still ... People Magazine

Bill seen as cure for ailing policy   -  Mar 9, 2008
Women who leave the hospital too early after a mastectomy can feel overwhelmed ... The current industry standard for hospital stays after a mastectomy is a ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Tribune - ProQuest Archiver

Studying the choice to have a mastectomy | Article from International...   -  Aug 25, 2005
Studying the choice to have a mastectomy ... find International Herald Tribune articles. Nicholas Bakalar International Herald Tribune 08-25-2005 Although ... Pay-Per-View - International Herald Tribune - HighBeam Research

… I Have a Skin-Sparing Mastectomy Than With a Conventional Mastectomy...   -  Oct 4, 2007
Question: Is the risk of my breast cancer recurring greater if I have a skin-sparing mastectomy as opposed to a conventional mastectomy? ... ABC News

Many don't get post-mastectomy radiation   -  Feb 4, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Nineteen percent of women who should receive radiation after a mastectomy are not getting this potentially lifesaving ...

Mastectomy rates are decreasing in the era of service screening: a …   -  Jun 26, 2006
We enrolled all 2162 in situ and 21 148 invasive cases of breast cancer in 17 areas of Italy, diagnosed in 1997–2001. Rates of early cancer increased by ...

Mastectomy: An Option For Breast Cancer Patients   -  Aug 20, 2008
Few women have regrets when choosing preventive mastectomy, reveals a study by AM Geiger and others in a 'Journal of Clinical Oncology. ... Money Times - The Money Times

Which Breast Cancer Surgery is Right For You?   -  Oct 5, 2007
..."Ten years ago, women were pressured into mastectomy, and now it's just the opposite," says ... Up until the 1970s, breast cancer meant mastectomy. Period. ... TIME

Scientist want to regrow breasts after a mastectomy   -  Nov 13, 2009
Australian scientists have developed a surgical technique that may allow cancer-suffering women to regrow their breasts after having a mastectomy. ... EiTB

Foes mobilize against cap on malpractice suit damages.   -  May 11, 2005
She said a mix-up at the Hyde Park hospital in February led doctors to mistakenly conclude she had breast cancer and perform an unnecessary mastectomy. ... Free with registration - Chicago Tribune -

Post-mastectomy options abound   -  Oct 8, 2006
By Judie Schwartz and Evelinda Urman. Evelinda : October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Style Matters is particularly sensitive this year to the ... Pay-Per-View - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Factiva, from Dow Jones

More turn to mastectomy   -  May 26, 2008
A Mayo Clinic study has found that more patients with early breast cancer are opting for mastectomy instead of breast-conserving lumpectomy, although it's ... $2.95 - Philadelphia Inquirer - NewsBank

If I Had a Mastectomy, How Do the Doctors Check for Breast Cancer?   -  Oct 4, 2007
Question:If I have had a mastectomy, how do the doctors check for breast cancer? Dr. Schwartz answers the question: 'Breast Cancer Checkups After Mastectomy ... ABC News

Younger women more apt to have breast cancer recur   -  Mar 24, 2009
The disease was less apt to recur in young women who had mastectomy plus radiation than in young women who had mastectomy alone or breast-conserving therapy ... Reuters UK

More women have healthy breast removed - Cancer-   -  Sep 28, 2009
While preventive mastectomy likely cuts the chances of cancer developing in the ... So in deciding whether to have a preventive mastectomy, women need to ...

If I Have a Mastectomy, Does that Decrease the Chance of the Breast …   -  Oct 4, 2007
Question: If I have a mastectomy, does that decrease the chance of the breast cancer coming back? Answer: That's an excellent question; in fact, ... ABC News

What Is a Skin-Sparing Mastectomy and Is It Necessary for Breast …   -  Oct 4, 2007
Question: What is a skin-sparing mastectomy and does this need to be done for breast reconstruction? Answer: A skin-sparing mastectomy is when we try to ... ABC News

… through firing, double mastectomy. - Philadelphia Inquirer...   -  Mar 19, 2007
Humor helps Syler through firing, double mastectomy. ... find Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA) articles. Byline: Gail Shister A funny thing happened ... Pay-Per-View - Philadelphia Inquirer - HighBeam Research

BBC3 to broadcast 'live' mastectomy operation   -  Feb 26, 2009
BBC3 will claim a television first tonight after cameras were allowed to record in explicit detail a woman undergoing a full mastectomy operation from start ... The Guardian

Woman settles mastectomy claim.   -  Apr 26, 2006
A woman who claimed a nerve in her left hand was damaged during a mastectomy operation in a Dublin hospital has settled her High Court action for damages ... Pay-Per-View - Irish Times - Factiva, from Dow Jones

Is Mastectomy the Only Way to Eliminate Tumors?   -  Oct 4, 2007
Question: Is a mastectomy the only sure way to get rid of a breast tumor? Dr. Smith answers the question: 'Mastectomy the Only Option for Tumors?' ... ABC News

Will I Be Sexually Attractive After Mastectomy?   -  Oct 4, 2007
Answer: How attractive will I be sexually after mastectomy, is a question that almost a hundred percent of women who are sexually active ask. ... ABC News

Study may guide preventive mastectomy decision   -  Dec 19, 2009
By Will Dunham, Reuters. A breast cancer patient listens to her doctor after a radiological exam in a file photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small but growing ...

Women with cancer genes 'should have breasts removed'   -  Apr 16, 2008
A team of Dutch medics will report today that while the chances of developing breast cancer after a mastectomy were thought to be about five per cent, ...

Woman faces op after test blunder   -  Mar 2, 2005
A woman from Kent has said she faces a mastectomy operation after her notes were effectively "lost" by a hospital. Janet Dillon, from Speldhurst near ... BBC News

Christina Applegate cancer free after double mastectomy   -  Dec 21, 2009
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Samantha Who?" star Christina Applegate, 36, is free of cancer after having both breasts removed to combat the disease, ...

More women turning to preventive mastectomy   -  Mar 24, 2009
While the method may be dramatic, it is also the most effective way for women at high risk to minimise their chances of developing breast cancer. ...

'Gossip Girl' Writer, Producer Removes Breasts to Prevent Cancer   -  Oct 15, 2008
Prophylactic mastectomy reduces risk of breast cancer by 90 percent, but the surgeon can't get all the tissue and overlying skin. ... FOXNews

SoCal 10-year-old coping with rare breast cancer   -  Jun 3, 2009
Hannah has had a mastectomy. Hannah says she tries to find a bright side to things as she battles her illness and the side effects of chemotherapy. ... The Guardian

Breast surgery 'cure risk'   -  May 14, 2008
He urged surgeons not to be reluctant in suggesting mastectomy as a treatment ... "Women who are recommended or chose mastectomy should also be advised that ...

Davis recovering from mastectomy   -  Jul 14, 2006
...[Jo Ann Davis], R-1st, has been battling breast cancer. She said she underwent the procedure July 5 at George Washington University in Washington and was ... Pay-Per-View - Richmond Times - Dispatch - ProQuest Archiver

MP Stronach is battling breast cancer   -  Jun 23, 2007
Stronach is in an undisclosed hospital in the Toronto area after undergoing a mastectomy and breast reconstruction on Tuesday. The type of cancer she has is ... Toronto Star

NHS accused of failing breast cancer patients   -  Sep 30, 2009
Most women with breast cancer have a mastectomy. Nice says that all who do are meant to be offered immediate reconstructive surgery, unless they are ... The Guardian

Breast regrowth procedure trialled for mastectomy patients   -  Apr 28, 2009
Scientists have developed a revolutionary surgical treatment that could allow women with cancer to regrow their breasts after a mastectomy. ... The Guardian

Treatments: Talking Out the Choices for Breast Cancer Surgery   -  Dec 25, 2007
Two-thirds of general surgeons fail to mention the possibility of breast reconstruction before their patients choose between mastectomy and ... New York Times

'I have constant pain after mastectomy'   -  Mar 14, 2009
By Jane Elliott. When Jane Humphris was told she carried a defective breast cancer gene she made the difficult decision to have both breasts removed, ... BBC News

Breast Cancer - Post-Mastectomy Fitting - Underwear - Apparel - New …   -  Jan 6, 2008
By APRIL KILCREASE. When my mom took me shopping for my first bra, I was terrified that a classmate might see me. I kept my head low as she guided me ... New York Times

Breast Cancer: Study of Radiation After Mastectomy Includes Chinese...   -  Aug 3, 2009
By RONI CARYN RABIN. Women in Asia have traditionally enjoyed relatively low rates of breast cancer, but that is changing in China — in part, experts say, ... New York Times

Background information on Mastectomy [When available]

In medicine, mastectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely. Mastectomy is usually done to combat breast cancer; in some cases, women believed to be at high risk of breast cancer have the operation prophylactically, that is, to prevent cancer rather than treat it. In contrast, in a lumpectomy, a lump of tissue rather than the whole breast is removed.

Traditionally, in the case of breast cancer, the whole breast was removed. Often the mastectomy was performed during the same operation in which the biopsy was taken that confirmed the diagnosis. Nowadays the decision to do the mastectomy is usually based on the earlier performed biopsy. Also there is a trend to a more conservative approach to breast cancer. This has become possible due to improvements in radiotherapy and adjuvant treatment (e.g. chemotherapy or hormonal therapy). In developed countries, only a minority of cancers is still treated by mastectomy.

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