Failure of subcutaneous mastectomy to prevent the development of breast cancer

James E Goodnight Jr, J. M. Quagliana, D. L. Morton

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Abstract

Three patients treated with bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies and implants for fibrocystic disease or carcinoma in situ subsequently developed invasive breast carcinoma. These cases emphasize that subcutaneous mastectomy does not prevent the development of breast cancer. If the circumstances in an individual patient justify prophylactic mastectomy, then the appropriate procedure would seem to be total mastectomy, which would accomplish thorough removal of all breast tissue, the subareolar region, and the nipple. Subcutaneous mastectomy for the patient who is likely to harbor occult invasive disease seems particularly inappropriate. As a means to reduce the risk of breast cancer, the procedure is unproved and must be considered an experimental therapeutic approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-201
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Volume26
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984

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Subcutaneous Mastectomy
Breast Neoplasms
Simple Mastectomy
Nipples
Carcinoma in Situ
Breast
Therapeutics

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  • Oncology
  • Surgery

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Failure of subcutaneous mastectomy to prevent the development of breast cancer. / Goodnight Jr, James E; Quagliana, J. M.; Morton, D. L.

In: Journal of Surgical Oncology, Vol. 26, No. 3, 1984, p. 198-201.

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