It is possible that I may have to have a mastectomy and I am confused because my Surgeon has talked about a 'Partial' mastectomy. What would be left?
What your Surgeon probably meant was a quadrantectomy. It means that she is going to remove the quarter of the breast that has the cancer in it, and leave the rest. This is usually possible when the cancer is on the outer, or arm side, of the breast. She will probably take a few glands from the armpit at the same time. However, three quarters of your breast and the nipple can be left behind, because the preparative X - ray (Mammogram) that you had showed that all this tissue was healthy.
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