Breast cancer surgery

Breast cancer surgery

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This image is part of the sequence Healthcare: Surgery to remove breast cancer with radical mastectomy

Credit: DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Breast cancer surgery. Image 1 of 9. Surgeon injecting a blue tracing dye into a woman's breast to enable the surgeon to locate the lymph nodes. In this operation, called a modified radical mastectomy, the entire breast tissue and surrounding lymph nodes are being removed in order to remove the malignant (cancerous) tumours. The surgeon will then reconstruct the breast by moving part of the latissimus dorsi back muscle into the breast and inserting a prosthetic implant. For a series showing this procedure, see images M122/497 - M122/505.

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