Is it possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes. During a mastectomy, the surgeon attempts to remove as much breast tissue as possible but no surgeon can remove every last bit of breast tissue. Your residual skin/surrounding tissue still has to remain viable. So even with a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts) there is still a very small chance of developing breast cancer at a later time.
Yes. It is possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy but the risk should be low. It also depends on the type of cancer you are treated for, the type of treatment you received and if the margins are clear. It is best to speak with your oncology team about your risks for a breast cancer after mastectomy.

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Could you get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes. There could be residual malignant breast tissue in the chest wall (local recurrence) or the cancer could have already spread to other organs before surgery (metastasis). Read more...
Yes. During a mastectomy, the surgeon attempts to remove as much breast tissue as possible but no surgeon can remove every last bit of breast tissue. Your residual skin/surrounding tissue still has to remain viable. So even with a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts) there is still a very small chance of developing breast cancer at a later time. Read more...

Is it possible to get a mastectomy, even if you don't have breast cancer, nor are at risk of it? If so, what is the usual cost? Thank you.

Yes, may be. When you need a particular treatment and can justify your rationale, your doctor is likely to help you to get over your problem. But it may take visits with a couple of different surgeons as your request is a bit unusual. The costs of mastectomy will vary and can be negotiated with your surgeon. Most surgeons would charge their Fees(range: $2500 to $5,000 for operation). Add $5,000 for other costs. Read more...
Usually not! There are specific indications for any surgical procedure including a mastectomy. If your condition doesn't fit those indications, surgeons will not do mastectomy. If you have a reason that you feel you need to have a mastectomy, you need to be evaluated by a surgeon to review your condition and to see if there are valid indications for the procedure. Read more...

Could I get a double mastectomy without having breast cancer?

Yes. If someone has a high risk inherited mutation or other circumstances that increase significantly the risk for breast cancer, that person can be considered for a preventative mastectomy. Read more...

I have breast cancer in the family and high risk. Offered double mastectomy, should I get it?

Good question. But not enough info to say. If you had proper counseling and your risk is very high (eg. Brca mutation or other significant risk factors) mastectomies are an option but some patients can do ok with increased surveillance (mris) plus preventative tamoxifen or even removal of the ovaries. There are too many unknowns for me to answer properly. Make sure you see someone with expertise in this area. Read more...

I am about to get tested for the breast cancer gene. If positive should I get a mastectomy?

That is not a . Decision that should be made by an on-line doctor who does not know you or your personal history. That is a very individual decision that should be made carefully with full information about risks with and without surgery. Read more...

Is there a chance of getting cancer in the tissue of the breast reconstruction? I am considering getting breast reconstruction after having a mastectomy. I am nervous about whether I could get breast cancer again. Is the tissue where incisions and cuts we

It . It depends on why type of cancer it is, but mostly that is not the case. Read more...
There . There are multiple angles to this question that i will address. I think you are asking if reconstruciton will increase teh risk of getting cancer. And the answer is no. However, there is a risk of cancer recurrence simply from the mastectomy. For this reason, many plastic surgeons initially recommended waiting 5 years after mastectomy prior to beginning reconstruciton to ensure that you were free of disease. That is no longer the case. Another consideration is that an implant may obscure or delay detection of a cancer recurrence and while this may be true, it has not been shown to alter longevity. Read more...
Yes and no. Breast cancer can come back after either lumpectomy or mastectomy. Breast reconstruction does not increase the risk of cancer recurrence. The risk of recurrent breast cancer after mastectomy is the same whether you choose to undergo breast reconstruction or not. However, recurrent breast cancer, like any cancer, grows into surrounding tissues, which can include the reconstructed breast. Read more...
Breast Cancer. Breast cancer will not develop in tissue that is used to perform breast reconstruction. Bc develops in tissue left behind or near the site of tumor removal. If there is concern about the ability to check for cancer recurrence such as when a tumor is close to the chest wall then i suggest the case be reviewed by the tumor board so that a clear plan for surveillance is understood before a recon! Read more...

Mother had breast cancer in mid fifties now I'm worried i'll get it. Nobody else in family had it. Should I get prophylactic mastectomy?

No.... Your chance of getting breast cancer, with a positive maternal history, is still only about 15%. (50% higher than a negative history.) however, if a brca test was positive, your odds would jump to about 85-86%. I would suggest a brca test if you really want to consider preemptive surgery. Speak to your primary physician and see what can be done. Good luck. Read more...

23andme shows I have a gene that increase breast cancer risk by 1.2. My mom has the same variant and got breast cancer at 53.I plan to get a prophylactic mastectomy because of this. Do I see a surgeon?

This what you want? Please stop and think. You can't go through life trying to eliminate every risk. You owe it to yourself and to that special person who may choose to love you through your life to keep your body intact and healthy for as long as you can. There are HUNDREDS of genes that modify risks. If you maintain surveillance against breast cancer, it's almost always curable when found. Love casts out fear. Read more...
Yes. You should see a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer. H/s should be board certified by the Am. Board of Surgery. They will have a relationship with a Plastic Surgeon they will send you to. Do reasearch. The surgeon should discuss both expander/implant as well as autologous options (most will skip over autologous) and be board certified by the Am. Board of Plastic Surg. www.abplsurg.org. Read more...