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NewMamma is an initiative is for women who’ve had, or are about to have, breast cancer surgery, and are thinking about whether to have breast reconstruction.

What is breast reconstruction (BR)?

More and more women are choosing to have their breasts rebuilt. As both a physically and an emotionally rewarding procedure, breast reconstruction has become an integral part of breast cancer treatment.

What is BR?

Breast reconstruction is an increasingly common surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon in order to restore a woman’s breast to its desired shape and size after a mastectomy.

Why have BR?

Breast cancer surgery will likely affect how you look and feel. Some women find it harder than others to come to terms with losing one or both of their breasts.

Who can have BR?

Most women who’ve had either their entire breast or part of a breast removed can get breast reconstruction, even if you’ve had a radical mastectomy or lumpectomy, have had radiotherapy or have large breasts.

Types of BR

There are many different ways to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy or lumpectomy. Not all surgeons practice all techniques and some options may only suit some people.

Why have BR?

Surgery for breast cancer is likely to affect how you look and feel in some way. Some women find it harder than others to come to terms with losing one or both of their breasts.

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Deciding to have BR

Deciding whether to have breast reconstruction or when to have it will depend on your individual situation. Only you, with your doctor and any family or friends you choose to involve, can decide what feels best and is right for you. Read more

Risks and safety

What are the potential risks associated with breast reconstruction? The decision to have breast reconstruction surgery is extremely personal. You’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals. Read more

BR techniques

Various techniques are used to restore your breast to a near-normal shape, appearance and size, including breast implant, using tissuefrom another part of your body, or a combination of both.

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Alternatives

Surgery offers one way forward after a mastectomy, but it isn’t for everyone. If you choose not to have breast reconstruction, you have several options.

Going flat

If a woman decides she’s not interested in ever having reconstruction, she can ask her surgeon to make her mastectomy site as cosmetically pleasing as possible, leaving no extra skin.

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Prosthesis

Some patients who choose not to have breast reconstruction, or are not good candidates for reconstruction because of other health problems, may choose to wear an external prosthesis.

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The procedure

Most women who undergo breast reconstruction derive immense benefits from the procedure. These include feelings of regained wholeness and femininity, as well as practical benefits such as eliminating the need for wearing a cumbersome prosthesis.

Timetable

Reconstruction can be done at the same time as a mastectomy, or it can be done months or even years later.

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Preparing yourself

There are various things to think about when preparing for breast reconstruction. It is also important to have realistic expectations.

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Recovery

Like any surgery, recovery varies after breast reconstruction surgery. Healing will continue for several weeks.

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Results

There are some specific factors that seem to play a role in a woman’s satisfaction with her breast reconstruction results.

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Risks

The risks associated with any surgical procedure vary and also depend on the patient’s existing medical problems.

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Future screening

Although some women report that breast reconstruction reduces their fear of breast cancer coming back, some women still experience fear and anxiety, particularly around the time of annual check-ups.

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Breast cancer basics

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast. Most breast cancers start in the tubes that move milk from the breast to the nipple and are known as ductal carcinoma.

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Mastectomy

A mastectomy is surgery to remove the entire breast in order to treat breast cancer. There are different types of mastectomies depending on the type of breast problem you have.

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Lumpectomy

A lumpectomy, also known as breast conserving surgery, is surgery to remove a breast cancer from the breast along with some surrounding tissue.

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Lymphedema

Women who’ve been or will be treated for breast cancer may be at risk of developing a swelling of the arm, breast and chest called lymphedema.

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Genetic testing

Since some kinds of cancer, including breast cancer, appear to be hereditary, genetic testing may serve as an advantage when thinking about specific health risks.

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