The fear of breast cancer recurrence may prevent some patients from pursuing breast reconstructive surgery. Wooram F. Jung and co-authors from Weill Cornell Medicine @WeillCornell Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery @columbiacornellplasticsurgery evaluated long-term oncologic outcomes based on the type of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Over a 20-year period, they found that the type of reconstruction, whether implant- or flap-based reconstruction, did not influence patient survival and cancer recurrence, even after controlling for specific patient and tumor characteristics. This emphasizes the importance of tailoring reconstruction strategies that best harmonize with patient preferences rather than oncologic outcomes.
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