Are all women candidates for immediate breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery or treatment?

Last Modified: May 8, 2009

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Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

Are all women candidates for immediate breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery or treatment?

Answer

Rachel McKenna, MSN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, responds:

The vast majority of women are candidates for breast reconstruction. There are a variety of reconstructive options, and you may not be a candidate for all types. You and your surgeon will discuss which type of breast reconstruction best fits your situation.