What is Mastectomy?

Category: Surgeries

Most popular types: Bilateral mastectomy Unilateral mastectomy Modified radical mastectomy

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A mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both breasts, either partially or completely. It is generally done to treat breast cancer, but in some cases, women and men believed to be at high risk of breast cancer have the operation to prevent cancer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breast cancer 149 37
Gender dysphoria 2 1
Phyllodes tumor 2 0
Bronchitis 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 21
Mild 8
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mastectomy

Side effect Patients
Pain 9
Numbness 4
Lymphedema 3
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 3
Chest tightness 2
Seroma 2

Show all 36 reported side effects

Duration

Currently having Mastectomy

Duration Patients
10 years or more 1

Stopped having Mastectomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 152
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 25
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2 patient evaluations for Mastectomy

Mar 5, 2018 (Started Mar 05, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for breast cancer)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Removed the cancer from left breast tissue

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2008 (Started Jun 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for breast cancer)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (poor body image)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: One time

  • 0 helpful marks
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