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.
There are a few of options for breast reconstruction, and which one you use will depend on your age, body type, and treatment plan.
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.
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.
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.
Perguntado por anonimamenteFamily Member or Loved One
Yes, but having implants makes it more difficult to detect lumps when performing a self-exam.Comentário 3
Yes. I was diagnosed October 26th with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. My surgery is November 28th. Plan A right now is a lumpectomy and radiation and estrogen therapy. I had breast augmentation in 2008.Comentário 0
Asked by anonymousPatient
Yes, anesthesia is part of it but you've also had major surgery (really major if you had mastectomy) so your body is wiped out.Comment 4
Yep- I was tired for a few weeks. Just rest and eat alot of protein and push fluids.Comment 3
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
Hi Josephine, I, too, had the same diagnosis. Each and every woman's breast cancer treatment depends on the type of breast cancer, the woman's age, stage, aggressiveness of the cells, surgery chosen, and the woman desires. Some women would choose to have every bit of treatment available to...
Hi Josephine, I, too, had the same diagnosis. Each and every woman's breast cancer treatment depends on the type of breast cancer, the woman's age, stage, aggressiveness of the cells, surgery chosen, and the woman desires. Some women would choose to have every bit of treatment available to her even if the odds of benefit are very small. My treatment, because of all the above factors was not, what I would call particularly aggressive. I had a mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 5 years of hormone therapy. I have very close and watchful appointments with my oncologist, an annual mammogram, and an annual MRI. I was diagnosed at 59 with invasive ductal carcinoma and one microscopic involvment of a lymph node. I can't really say how aggressive your treatment will be because there are several pieces of the diagnostic puzzle missing. It sounds like your breast cancer was caught at an early stage. If you have questions about your treatment plan... do not hesitate to get a second opinion. You will be ok, and come through this all in fine shape. Hang in there Josephine.... we, on this board are always here for each other. Blessings to you and take care, Sharon
Your doctors will decide your treatment plan. God Bless you on your journey.Comment 0
Asked by anonymousSurvivor since 2013
Just to add to what Sharon said assming everything is ok ask the Doctor for some PT it saved meComment 2
You need to go back to your oncologist. Have you had regular checks since your treatment? First thing tomorrow, make an appointment with your doctor. Your pain can be from lots of reasons other than cancer. Take care.Comment 1