Complete coverage on

Mastectomy

Giuliana Rancic announced that she will have a double mastectomy to fight breast cancer. A.J. Hammer reports

Latest Stories

Wanda Sykes: I feel whole againupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 16:40:00

Wanda Sykes says it didn't take her long to decide to have both breasts removed.

People.com: Wanda Sykes: I Had a Double Mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:54:00

Rather than risk a reoccurrence of breast cancer, the comedian underwent radical surgery

Wanda Sykes: I had a double mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 10:40:00

Wanda Sykes being outrageous -- that's expected. But for the actress-comedian to be serious? That's rare. Even when the issue is personal.

Does a breast reduction lower the risk of breast cancer?updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 06:36:00

I had breast reduction surgery two years ago and went from a size GG to DD. I wanted to know, does a reduction lower the risk of breast cancer or abnormalities in the breast?

CNN Hero: Debbie Cantwellupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 17:17:00

Debbie Cantwell started The Pink Daisy Project, a nonprofit that supports breast cancer patients under 45.

Is a breast fibroadenoma a precursor to cancer?updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:00:00

I had fibroadenoma [a benign breast tumor] and had it removed with surgery. I am 31 and I want to know if I can take precautions to prevent breast cancer or other related problems.

Are there new treatments for breast cancer?updated: Wed Jun 01 2011 08:05:00

I have inflammatory breast cancer and I have been through chemo and a double mastectomy. They found active cancer cells so the cancer has spread. The oncologist said she didn't think there was anything more they could do for me. I start radiation soon but she didn't think that that would be very helpful either. Is there anything out there that may help me?

New options post-breast cancerupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:06:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains a new option to help breast cancer survivors who opt for surgery.

Cancer survivor's own fat gives her new breastsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:06:00

Elizabeth Anderson had to act fast when she learned she had advanced breast cancer in April 2009.

Sexual problems the norm for breast cancer survivorsupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 08:32:00

Many middle-aged women report sexual problems, including a loss of libido and a less-than-satisfying sex life. Now a new study suggests these problems are even more common among women who have had breast cancer.

Study: Breast, ovary removal cuts cancer risk in high-risk womenupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 17:02:00

Women who have gene mutations that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer can substantially reduce their chances of developing -- and dying from -- those cancers if they have their breasts or ovaries removed preemptively, according to a new study.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Cancer survivors come together to form dragonboat racing teamupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 14:56:00

It had been 29 years of clean living, almost three decades since her right breast -- "a lot of my womanhood, my female identity," she said -- had been removed because of cancer. She'd had a boyfriend at the time. He sent flowers to the hospital and never called again. "It was a really traumatic, dark time for me," recalls Peggy Frechione, now 60. And then it wasn't. She recovered, married, raised children in the Pittsburgh suburbs and held a job as a nurse. Her body cooperated; scan after scan came up clean.

Fortune: My life as a cosmonautupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 09:16:00

American venture capitalist and philanthropist Esther Dyson spent part of 2008 and 2009 training to be a cosmonaut. Dyson is a well-known figure in the world of technology. For many years she penned an influential monthly tech newsletter, and she hosted PC Forum, an annual technology conference. (She sold her company to CNET Networks, which discontinued the conference and sold the newsletter to O'Reilly Media.)

Breast cancer care optionsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:14:00

After a breast cancer diagnosis, some rush to treatment. But as Elizabeth Cohen reports, experts say know your options.

Breast cancer patients: Don't rush, consider all your optionsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:14:00

Less than an hour before her mastectomy was scheduled to begin, Eve Wallinga's surgeon gave her the bad news: Because of unforeseen complications, doctors wouldn't be able to reconstruct a new breast for her immediately after removing her cancerous breast as planned. She was told she'd have to wait another day for the plastic surgery.

Breast cancer patients advised to consider optionsupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 16:22:00

Less than an hour before her mastectomy was scheduled to begin, Eve Wallinga's surgeon gave her the bad news: Because of unforeseen complications, doctors wouldn't be able to reconstruct a new breast for her immediately after removing her cancerous breast as planned. She was told she'd have to wait another day for the plastic surgery.

How we're winning the war on breast cancerupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 13:09:00

I was 18 when I first felt a lump in my breast. Of course, I was convinced that I was going to die. This was three decades ago -- back when we knew far less about breast cancer. A general surgeon removed the lump, which, thank goodness, wasn't malignant.

Bright Pink vs. breast cancerupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 16:06:00

With more younger women choosing to be tested for the breast cancer gene, the Bright Pink foundation offers them education and support.

Living in the now: Cancer survivor finds her purpose in lifeupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:28:00

Who knew that fighting breast cancer for the third time in seven years would reveal my purpose in life.

A cancer survivor's video diaryupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:28:00

Dawn Spencer shares her experiences with cancer.

People.com: Jennifer Esposito Finds Christina Applegate a 'Huge Inspiration'updated: Tue Nov 18 2008 12:39:00

"She never stopped once to say, feel sorry for me," says her Samantha Who? costar

A head-to-toe look at breast cancer's real effectsupdated: Wed Oct 15 2008 09:07:00

Let's face it: Your mom, your sister-in-law, your co-worker, your best friend from college -- someone you know has had breast cancer. Someone you care about has sat white-faced, clutching the kitchen phone, or in a doctor's office, and gotten the scary news that every woman dreads -- news that one out of eight of us will hear in our lifetime, 250,000 of us this year alone.

Christina Applegate: Why I had a double mastectomyupdated: Tue Oct 14 2008 08:36:00

For more than 20 years, actress Christina Applegate has kept audiences laughing.

People.com: Applegate 'Lost It' When She Met Her Surgeonupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 12:28:00

The actress tells Oprah about her delayed reaction to her cancer diagnosis and treatment decision

People.com: Christina Applegate Cancer-Free After Double Mastectomyupdated: Tue Aug 19 2008 22:44:00

"I just wanted to kind of be rid of this whole thing for me," says the actress

Fighting the cancer a mammogram can't catchupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 08:22:00

It was a long night, and Susan Niebur was feeling low. Normally, this working mom in Silver Spring, Maryland, can keep a shocking number of balls in the air and still smile. She's a physicist who works part-time as a consultant to NASA; an at-home mom to Matt, 1, and Andrew, 3; an animal-rescue volunteer; and a daily blogger. But Niebur, 35, is also a full-time cancer patient, and one night last fall her characteristic attitude of resolve and optimism failed her. After nearly six months of chemotherapy, the treatment's side effects -- which are cumulative -- were brutal.

We recommend