Removing one or both breasts may be required.
There are two primary types of breast reconstruction: implants or "flap" surgery that uses the patient's own tissue.
Each woman who desires reconstruction will have options available, although her specific situation may be better suited to one approach.
Reconstruction may be more challenging or riskier for late-stage cancer patients.
Implants may not be an option for patients receiving radiation as the radiation treatment can adversely impact effectiveness.
The size and feel of the breast to be reconstructed may be better recreated with certain procedures.
Sources: MayoClinic.org; BreastCancer.org; NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov; Cancer.gov.
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