Finding out you have breast cancer is frightening. And learning you may need a mastectomy can be especially alarming.
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by the idea of losing your breast. But mastectomies save lives. And with Mercy by your side, you’ll find the support and encouragement you need to face the journey ahead.
Mastectomy is the medical term for surgery to remove an entire breast. There are several different kinds of mastectomy. Each uses different surgical techniques, and removes different amounts of breast tissue:
If your breast cancer was caught early, you may be able to choose between mastectomy and lumpectomy. Your doctor will let you know if this is an option, and help you make an informed choice.
Your Mercy care team will make sure you understand what to expect before, during and after mastectomy surgery. We’ll also help you make certain treatment decisions. For example:
Coming to terms with your mastectomy can be difficult. But Mercy will provide the care and expertise you need to overcome your fears — and your cancer.