After breast cancer left her with a mastectomy, she went through a period of soul searching—then got back on stage.
Then, in 2000, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy, beating cancer again.
She was the first in her position to announce that she had breast cancer, revealing the details of her mastectomy in 1974.
mastectomy mas·tec·to·my (mā-stěk'tə-mē)
Surgical removal of all or part of a breast, sometimes including excision of the underlying pectoral muscles and regional lymph nodes, usually performed as a treatment for cancer. Also called mammectomy.
The surgical removal of a breast.