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Infections Following Breast Cancer Surgery More Common Than Expected

While most women having breast cancer surgery won't develop an infection, research shows that infections after breast surgery happen more often than expected.

Women Whose Breasts Look Different From Each Other After Lumpectomy More Likely to Feel Bad

Women whose breasts look significantly different from each other after lumpectomy are more likely to be depressed and feel ashamed of their bodies.

More Than Half of Women Don't Get Enough Information About Reconstruction From Surgeons

A very small study suggests that more than half of women who had mastectomy made a reconstruction decision that didn't align with their goals and preferences.

May 4, 2017 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Reconstruction
Older and Younger Women Have Similar Outcomes After Breast Reconstruction

Older and younger women benefit equally from breast reconstruction; age shouldn't disqualify a woman from having reconstruction.

Nov 11, 2016 | Surgery and Reconstruction
Study Estimates Risk of Rare Cancer From Breast Implants

A Dutch study estimates that for every 7,000 women who get breast implants, one woman will develop anaplastic large-cell lymphoma in the breast by age 75.

Jan 16, 2018 | Surgery and Reconstruction
Breast Reconstruction Decisions Should Be Personalized, Informed By Most Current Data

Decisions about the type of reconstruction a woman has should be personalized to each woman's unique situation and informed by the most current information on long-term outcomes, satisfaction, and complication rates.

Jun 21, 2018 | Surgery and Reconstruction
Cases of Breast Implant-Related Cancer May Be More Than Double FDA Estimates

The number of U.S. cases of breast anaplastic large-cell lymphoma — a rare cancer linked to textured implants — may be twice as high as U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates.

Jul 26, 2022 | Surgery and Reconstruction
FDA Updates Warning on Link Between Textured Breast Implants and Rare Cancer

Women with breast implants have a very low but increased risk of developing anaplastic large-cell lymphoma compared to women who do not have breast implants.

Mar 22, 2017 | Reconstruction
Minority Women Less Likely to Have Immediate Breast Reconstruction

White women are 24% more likely to have immediate reconstruction than Black women; 26% more likely than Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American women; and 19% more likely than Hispanic women.

Nov 1, 2017 | Surgery, Reconstruction and Ethnicity
Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction Seems to Cause Biggest Loss in Shoulder Stability, Function

Compared to DIEP flap reconstruction and implant reconstruction, latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction caused the greatest loss of shoulder function, strength, and mobility.

Dec 3, 2018 | Surgery and Reconstruction
ASCO Develops New Guidelines Addressing Issues Faced by Cancer Survivors

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has developed new guidelines on three problems that cancer survivors often deal with: fatigue, neuropathy, and anxiety and depression.

Reconstruction With Implant Immediately After Mastectomy Affected More by Radiation

A small study suggests that reconstruction done immediately after mastectomy using tissue from the body offers better results after radiation compared to immediate reconstruction using implants.

Study Suggests Fewer Minority Women Have Reconstruction After Mastectomy Than White Women

A small study suggests that most U.S. women don't have reconstruction after mastectomy and that minority women are less likely than white women to have reconstruction.

Some Women Having Mastectomy Opt for Nipple Banking, but Have More Complications

A small Dutch study has found that some women having mastectomy may want to bank their nipple so it can be attached later to their reconstructed breast.

Long-Term Results Suggest Fat Grafting Does Not Increase Recurrence Risk

A study suggests fat grafting breast reconstruction does not increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence compared to more traditional reconstruction techniques.

Oct 31, 2018 | Surgery and Reconstruction
Silicone Breast Implants Linked to Number of Complications, but FDA Critical of Study

A study suggests that silicone breast implants are associated with a higher risk of certain autoimmune disorders, as well as stillbirth and melanoma, but the FDA disagrees with the results.

Oct 5, 2018 | Surgery and Reconstruction
Lipofilling Doesn't Increase Recurrence Risk

Women who have lipofilling after reconstruction are no more likely to have a recurrence or be diagnosed with a new cancer than women who never had lipofilling.

Feb 2, 2016 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Reconstruction
Textured Implants May Be Linked to Breast Cancer Recurrence, Study Suggests

A small study found that women who had textured implants for reconstruction after breast cancer surgery had a small but statistically significant increase in the risk of the breast cancer coming back.

Oct 20, 2020 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Reconstruction
Women Who Have Immediate Autologous Reconstruction Report Being More Satisfied With Breasts, but Have More Pain 1 Year After Surgery

A study suggests that 1 year after surgery, women who had immediate autologous reconstruction were more satisfied with their breasts than women who had immediate implant reconstruction. Still, women who had autologous reconstruction had more pain than they did before surgery.

Mar 31, 2017 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Reconstruction
How Does Radiation Affect Reconstruction Results?

A study suggests that radiation after implant reconstruction seems to cause more complications than radiation given after autologous reconstruction.

Follow-Up Care of Cancer Survivors Needs Improvement According to National Survey

Results from a national survey of oncologists and primary care doctors suggest that most cancer survivors are on their own when it comes to survivorship care.

Women Who Pick Their Own Surgeons Seem to Get More Experienced Care

Women who pick their own surgeons more likely to be treated by more experienced doctors.

New Technique Allows More Women to Have Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

Doing a full breast lift after autologous reconstruction may allow women with large or sagging breasts to have nipple-sparing mastectomy.

Jul 23, 2015 | Surgery and Reconstruction
More Women Having Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Rates of breast reconstruction after mastectomy rose 62% from 2009 to 2014.

Oct 19, 2017 | Surgery and Reconstruction
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