Reconstruction while on Herceptin?


Question from Elizabeth: While on Herceptin treatment, would you suggest reconstructive surgery?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. I think that's a question that you need to speak to your treating physicians about. It depends on the extent of surgery and the evaluation of the people caring for you.
Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. We usually prefer to have the patient complete their Herceptin therapy. Many reconstructions may take several weeks to recover from, and we don't want the patient to have breaks in her Herceptin therapy for an elective reason of breast reconstruction. So we opt to do the reconstruction at the end, and it's something she can look forward to as she completes her treatment.

On Wednesday, August 15, 2007, the Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Managing Ongoing Medications. Patricia Ganz, M.D. and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answered your questions about staying on track with breast cancer medications you have to take on a regular basis.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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