-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate breast
reconstruction after mastectomy has a low risk of complications and
does not cause unreasonable delays in breast cancer treatment,
according to a new study.
Mastectomy is partial or complete surgical removal of one or
Researchers looked at 170 women with advanced breast cancer who
had immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy, including 13
women who had reconstruction of both breasts. The reconstructions
were mainly done with tissue from the abdominal area, known as TRAM
Fifteen major complications, a rate of 8.8 percent, occurred
among the women. These complications caused delays in further
cancer treatments involving chemotherapy and/or radiation in eight
women, with a maximum delay of three weeks, the researchers
Recurrent breast cancer was diagnosed in 15 of the women during
follow-up, and immediate breast reconstruction did not cause any
delays in identifying these recurrences.
The study appears in the July issue of the journal
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
"These findings make a strong argument for immediate reconstruction regardless of cancer stage," wrote Dr. Christopher A. Crisera, University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, and colleagues in a journal news release.
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