Breast cancer

Updated 29 May 2015

Breast reconstruction in summary

This section summarises the key issues regarding breast reconstruction.


There are many possibilities when the question of reconstruction is considered. There is no correct answer.

The options depend on:

  • The stage of the cancer and the type
  • How healthy and young you are
  • What your figure is like
  • What the other breast looks like
  • What cosmetic result you will find acceptable and how much you are prepared to go through to achieve it

Read more:
What is breast cancer?
Types of mastectomy


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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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