When Must I Decide on Reconstruction?

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Last Modified: December 13, 2011

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Question

How long can I wait to make a decision regarding reconstruction after a mastectomy? Must I decide before I have my surgery?

Answer

Brian Czerniecki, MD, Breast , responds:

You can do reconstruction at any point after treatment finished or can have immediate reconstruction at the time of mastectomy. You get best results with immediate reconstruction. You can always have reconstruction years later even if you did not plan on it upfront.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat. Series, View the Life After Breast Cancer transcript.