prophylactic mastectomy


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prophylactic mastectomy

Surgical oncology Bilateral mastectomy in a ♀ at high risk–eg, with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and breast CA in 1st-degree relatives, to ↓ CA risk. See Prophylactic oophorectomy, Radical mastectomy.

prophylactic mastectomy

The removal of one or both breasts in an attempt to prevent the development of breast cancer. Surgical removal of the breasts to prevent breast cancer is sometimes used by women with a BRCA gene or a strong history of breast cancer in first-degree relatives. Synonym: preventive m
See also: mastectomy
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Variation in Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Rates According to Racial Groups in Young Women with Breast Cancer, 1998 to 2011: A Report from the National Cancer Data Base.
But she says prophylactic mastectomy is still a decision not to be taken lightly for the vast majority of women considering the surgery.
She reported on 114 women who completed a detailed questionnaire on the effects of bilateral prophylactic mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction via subpectoral implants a median of 3 years after undergoing the surgery at Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Major finding: The percentage of patients experiencing any complications was 29% for patients who had a unilateral mastectomy, compared with 42% of those who also underwent a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (P less than .
Baker, an occupational therapist who helped her sister recover from a prophylactic mastectomy and herself underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction, is joined by her sisters (two nurses) for this guide to planning for and recovering from a mastectomy and the physical and psychological issues women encounter.
The favorable overall survival in all high-risk groups reported suggests that careful MRI screening is not only superior to mammography alone, but may be an attractive alternative to risk-reducing prophylactic mastectomy for some women.
Efficacy of bilateral prophylactic mastectomy in women with a family history of breast cancer.
If you're at very high risk for breast cancer because of a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer, an inherited breast cancer gene abnormality or previous breast cancer, talk to your health care professional about a prophylactic mastectomy.
More drastic measures include prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy, in which one or both breasts and ovaries are removed, respectively.
LITTLE is known of the psychological and social impact of bilateral prophylactic mastectomy for women at increased risk of developing breast cancer.
Although prophylactic mastectomy is effective in reducing the risk of breast cancer,[33,34] its cosmetic and sexual implications and the availability of effective screening for breast cancer make it an infrequently chosen intervention.
Surgeons had been performing the breast-removal procedure, known as bilateral prophylactic mastectomy on such women, since the 1960s, assuming that it would reduce a woman's cancer risk.

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