A 35-year-old member asked:
could you have radiation after breast reconstruction?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Heidi Memmel answered
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Yes: Yes, you can have radiation after a reconstruction. Opinions vary among plastic surgeons and radiation oncologists, so meet with these doctors before deciding on a treatment plan. Radiation can alter the cosmetic result of a reconstruction, causing some tightening of the skin over an implant, or some shrinkage of a newly reconstructed breast from fatty tissue.
Answered on Oct 7, 2017
Dr. Robert Whitfield answered
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Breast cancer: I currently recommend that my patients have immediate breast reconstruction regardless of the need for post mastectomy radiation therapy. The simple reasoning is that it is the best opportunity to utilize the breast skin. I prefer to do a diep flap or another flap reconstruction when i know a patient is going to have radiation. I then manage any decrease in size or change in shape with fat graft.
Answered on Feb 3, 2014
Dr. Ergun Kocak answered
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Radiation: Most reconstructive surgeons would recommend waiting until after radiation or chemotheraphy to have the breasts reconstructed. It is best that you discuss your options and needs with your surgeon prior to undergoing any reconstructive procedure. Read more here: https://www.mwbreast.com/can-breast-reconstruction-interfere-breast-cancer-treatment/
Answered on Nov 9, 2017
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