Delaying breast reconstruction after cancer may raise patient anxiety

October 4, 2016 7:52 PM

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Delaying breast reconstruction after cancer may raise patient anxiety

This approach isn't always an option. However, the study finding suggests that immediate breast reconstruction "may protect breast cancer patients from a period of psychosocial distress, poor body image, and diminished sexual well-being, compared to those waiting" for delayed reconstruction, said Dr. Toni Zhong and colleagues at the University of Toronto.

The study included 106 breast cancer patients who underwent breast removal surgery followed by breast reconstruction. Thirty patients had reconstruction during the same surgery as breast removal, while 76 had delayed breast reconstruction, an average of three years after the mastectomy.

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