Treatment

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Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 4 - Breast Reconstruction

Following a mastectomy, you have options to help you become comfortable with the changes in your body. They are all options, with benefits to each approach. What is best for you and your body may not be what is best for another woman.

If you are considering breast reconstruction, you should speak with your medical team before the mastectomy, even if you plan to have your reconstruction later on.

Reconstruction Methods
There are a few of options for breast reconstruction, and which one you use will depend on your age, body type, and treatment plan.

Implants
One possibility is to have breast implants. The breast is filled with silicone sacs of saline or silicone gel.

TRAM Flap, Latissimus Flap, or Gluteal Flap
An alternative solution is to use tissue the surgeon removes from another part of your body, like the belly (TRAM), back (latissimus), or buttocks (gluteal). The surgeon sculpts this tissue into the shape of your breast.

Surgical Summary
In addition to reconstructing the breast, the surgeon can add a nipple, change the shape or size of the reconstructed breast, and operate on the opposite breast as well for a better match. The plastic surgeon will be able to discuss with you the benefits and risks of each procedure, and help you decide what will make you feel the most natural.

Alternative to Breast Reconstruction
One alternative to breast reconstruction is a removable prosthetic breast that is worn in the bra. This will preserve the shape and look of the breast without the surgical procedures.

Summary
Whether you undergo breast reconstruction, wear a prosthetic breast, or choose to embrace the changes you have experienced, you should make a decision that is right for you. The goal is to prevent the discomfort of change, while enabling you to accept what has occurred and continue on with your life.

Related Questions

  • I had a double mastectomy on December 6th of last year. Am now looking at a breast reconstruction. I had a big infection on one side and it has left me with some scars. Will this be a problem when/if I get a reconstruction?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank u so much. This has worried me since I had an infection for 3 months.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would try just about any thing

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  • What is a good cream for a mastectomy scar?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    almost 3 years ago 4 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I like eucerine, it's at most pharmacies. 2 year after treatment and I still use it each night.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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    4 AC Treatments, Taxol/Herceptin for 3 months and then 6 months of Herceptin....one year of chemo in total no surgery...is that possible?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would think you would need some type of surgery, weather it be a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Maybe they can tell through clean margins, that the biopsy got all of the cancer cells, and the chemo is being used as a precautionary measure? I'd you ask your oncologist why there would be no surgery?

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      What type of cancer do you have?????

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