Reconstruction for IBC patients?


Question from Mare Kirschenbaum: Would you please talk about inflammatory breast cancer patients having reconstruction? If IBC patients have a recurrence before two years, can't this be a dangerous issue? Thank you.
Answers - Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. Inflammatory breast cancer patients need to keep in mind when they choose their reconstructive techniques that they will require a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and chest wall radiation to keep their disease in check. While it is true that inflammatory cancers tend to behave more aggressively, we are now starting to realize that those patients who respond well to chemotherapy can have a very good long-term outcome and that these patients should be offered reconstruction just as any other breast cancer patient with a lesser stage disease. We do not find that a reconstruction diminishes the patient's ability to survive their cancer or accept treatment in the form of chemotherapy or radiation, or hinders our ability to detect a local recurrence.
Joseph Serletti I can't even begin to estimate how many patients who have had inflammatory breast cancer that we have routinely moved ahead with breast reconstruction on. We have certainly never excluded a patient based on the diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer and have generally had excellent long-term results in those patients.

On Wednesday, May 16, 2007, the Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Reconstruction UpdatesJoseph Serletti, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answered your questions about breast reconstruction.

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