TRAM Flap and Future Pregnancy

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

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Question

I am 31 years old and just diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer, but due to family history, my doctor is recommending a double mastectomy. If I have the TRAM flap surgery, will I still be able to have a successful pregnancy in the future?

Answer

Brian Czerniecki, MD, Breast , responds:

In general with free flap reconstruction you can become pregnant the down side you would stretch out your abdomen again. Often with young patients they do not have enough tissue. As to whether you need bilateral mastectomy if your tumor is small you can do either lumpectomy and radiation or mastectomy. The non-involved breast does not need to be touched if you do prophylactic mastectomy you get 25% risk reduction of future breast cancer incidence.

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


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