A mastectomy is a surgical treatment option for breast cancer that removes the entire breast. Taking certain steps can help a person prepare for the procedure and recovery period.

The type of mastectomy a person has depends on how much tissue requires removal. Some people may only require removal of the breast tissue, whereas others may also need nearby lymph nodes removed.

The decision to undergo a mastectomy will depend on various factors, including the tumor-to-breast size ratio and whether a surgeon can remove the breast tumor with a lumpectomy.

Preparing for a mastectomy ahead of time can help relieve some of the stress associated with surgery.

Click through the interactive guide below to learn more about how to prepare for a mastectomy, including considerations for surgery and recovery.