Breast cancer surgery

Breast cancer surgery

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Caption: Breast cancer surgery. Image 12 of 20. Surgeon using a cautery tool (yellow, lower left), an instrument that burns through tissue, to excise a malignant (cancerous) tumour (centre) from a woman's axillary (underarm) lymph node. A metal retractor (right) is being used to hold back the tissue surrounding the tumour. In this procedure, tumours are being removed from the breast and axillary lymph nodes as part of a wide local excision (WLE) operation. For a series showing this procedure, see images M122/468 - M122/487.

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