The emerging role of prophylactic mastectomy

Pamela R. Portschy, Todd M. Tuttle

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Selected high-risk women without breast cancer choose to undergo bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (BPM) to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. In addition, an increasing proportion of patients with unilateral breast cancer choose contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) to prevent cancer in the contralateral breast. The purpose of this chapter is to review the indications, outcomes, and trends in the use of BPM. We will also review the trends in CPM use, the potential reasons for the observed trends, and the outcomes after CPM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBreast disease
Subtitle of host publicationComprehensive management
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781493911455
ISBN (Print)9781493911448
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • Bilateral prophylactic mastectomy
  • Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy
  • Role of prophylactic mastectomy
  • Surgery options
  • Trends in breast cancer treatment


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