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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Last updated June 4, 2021

A mastectomy is one of the most well-known types of breast cancer treatment. MD Anderson breast surgeons perform more than 550 mastectomies each year. But not every breast cancer patient needs this surgery.

“At MD Anderson, our multidisciplinary care teams specialize in personalized care and will help determine what type of treatment is best for you and if that includes surgery, specifically a mastectomy...

Susie Sun, M.D., performs a breast cancer surgery

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BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Frances Arnoult had a double mastectomy, but she never had to see what she would have looked like without breasts. That’s because her MD Anderson breast surgeon and plastic surgeon teamed up to perform both surgeries at once in April 2018.  

“Once it was done, it was done,” Frances says. “And, for me, that was a real gift.”

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Breast cancer survivor Frances Arnoult

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Rebecca Stedman believes that every experience had in life serves a purpose, and cancer is no exception.

“Just as I felt like I was...

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Linda Phetphongsy is still trying to adjust to life with breast implants, though she welcomes the peace of mind they bring her.

“I...