Breast cancer

02 December 2008

Myths about breast reconstruction

Biology of breast cancer is not altered by reconstruction.

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  • Biology of breast cancer is not altered by reconstruction.
  • Breast reconstruction does not compromise adequate cancer treatment.
  • Immediate reconstruction does not alter local recurrence rate/disease free survival.
  • Reconstructions do not interfere with treatment of systemic disease.
  • Immediate reconstruction does not interfere with detection of local recurrence.
  • The need for postoperative chemotherapy is not a contraindication to immediate reconstruction.

 

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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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