Timing of Breast Reconstruction

Last Modified: February 27, 2005

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Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Is it advisable for someone who had stage III lobular breast cancer to seek reconstruction immediately or wait for a certain length of time?

Answer

Kevin R. Fox, MD, Assistant Director, Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:

If you are going to have a flap reconstruction (either a latissimus flap or a TRAM reconstruction) then you can have it immediately. If you going to have an implant reconstruction, then you should wait at least six months after all chemotherapy and radiation therapy have ended.