Breast Reconstruction

Both Older and Younger Women Benefit From Breast Reconstruction

Both Older and Younger Women Benefit From Breast Reconstruction

No greater risk of complications for older patients; benefited as much as younger breast cancer patients

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Harmonic Technology Compared With Conventional Techniques in Mastectomy and Breast-conserving Surgery With Lymphadenectomy for Breast Cancer

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Harmonic Technology Compared With Conventional Techniques in Mastectomy and Breast-conserving Surgery With Lymphadenectomy for Breast Cancer

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research compares Harmonic technology and conventional techniques for a range of clinical outcomes and complications in both mastectomy and BCS patients, including axillary lymph node dissection.

New Guidelines Establish Safe Surgery Margins for DCIS

New Guidelines Establish Safe Surgery Margins for DCIS

Consensus guideline states that a 2 mm margin is enough to guard against recurrences while reducing need for additional operations for women with DCIS who undergo breast-conserving surgery.

Including Information on Breast Reconstruction Options Help Women Make Better Treatment Decisions

Including Information on Breast Reconstruction Options Help Women Make Better Treatment Decisions

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Comprehensive patient education that includes information on breast reconstruction, with photos, can help women with breast cancer make more informed decisions about their treatment options.

Outcomes After Breast Reconstruction Surgery Vary Depending on Abdominal Donor Site

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In women undergoing postmastectomy breast reconstruction with their own tissue, a specific type of muscle-sparing abdominal tissue reduced complications and improved some aspects of quality of life.

Fat Injection for Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction Does Not Increase Risk of Recurrent Breast Cancer

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The use of lipofilling for postmastectomy breast reconstruction does not increase the risk of recurrent breast cancer. These findings are from an analysis of a plastic surgery database.

Travel Distance is Still a Barrier to Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Travel Distance is Still a Barrier to Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

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Travel distances continue to be a significant barrier to women undergoing breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer.

Alternative procedure to radical mastectomy investigated

Alternative procedure to radical mastectomy investigated

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A revolutionary alternative to radical mastectomy has been developed that preserves the nipple, areola, and surrounding skin.

Single-stage breast reconstruction no riskier

Single-stage breast reconstruction no riskier

Single-stage implant procedures after mastectomy may be a good option for selected patients.

Autologous breast reconstruction yields higher satisfaction rates

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Research indicates that women who undergone mastectomy have greater satisfaction when breast reconstruction is performed using the patient's own tissues, rather than implants.

Autologous breast reconstruction shows higher satisfaction rate

Autologous breast reconstruction shows higher satisfaction rate

For women undergoing breast reconstruction, autologous reconstruction leads to higher satisfaction than alloplastic reconstruction, but secondary correction is often required.

Perspectives on breast reconstruction following mastectomy vary among patients

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Following a mastectomy, less than 42% of women underwent breast reconstruction, and the factors associated with foregoing reconstruction included being black, being less educated, and being older.

Mechanism identified for cancer associated with loss of BRCA1 and BRCA2

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A new mechanism has been reported by which BRCA gene loss may accelerate cancer-promoting chromosome rearrangements.

Breast reconstruction becoming more common after mastectomy

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A new study finds that the majority of women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancer go on to get breast reconstruction, a practice that has increased dramatically over time.

Rise in breast reconstructions in U.S.

Rise in breast reconstructions in U.S.

Use of breast reconstruction in women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer increased significantly, from 46% in 1998 to 63% in 2007.

Obesity and smoking increase risk of serious complications after immediate breast reconstruction

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Factors such as smoking and obesity increase the odds of early implant loss in women who undergo mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction with implants.

Women with implants at risk of non-localized breast cancer, have worse survival

Women with implants at risk of non-localized breast cancer, have worse survival

Women who have received cosmetic breast implants may have an increased risk of diagnosis at a non-localized stage of breast cancer, and seem to have worse breast cancer survival.

Breast reconstruction outcomes similar with two shapes of implants

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For women undergoing breast reconstruction with implants, most patient-reported outcomes are similar with two different types of silicone gel-filled implants.

Serious autologous breast reconstruction complications are few, and vary by procedure

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Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction using a transplanted flap of their own tissue have a low rate of early postoperative complications. However, a new study found that their risk varies by the type of flap procedure they undergo.

Acellular dermal matrix safe, useful in breast reconstruction

Acellular dermal matrix safe, useful in breast reconstruction

Seroma complications are higher with AlloDerm human matrix than porcine Strattice.

New fat grafting procedures improve breast reconstruction

New fat grafting procedures improve breast reconstruction

Enhanced stromal vascular fraction and platelet-rich plasma grafting maintain volume, 3D contour.

Radiation Benefits Mixed After Breast-Preserving Surgery

Radiation Benefits Mixed After Breast-Preserving Surgery

Radiation therapy slightly improves survival, but may increase likelihood of eventual mastectomy.

CAD/CAM aids breast reconstruction

CAD/CAM are extending their reach from industrial and engineering pursuits into the patient care arena, with the technology now being used to aid in breast reconstruction for people with cancer.

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