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Over the past few decades, the use of post-mastectomy radiation therapy for breast cancer has expanded. The aesthetic effects of radiation such as capsular contracture, fibrosis, and volume loss present a challenge for plastic surgeons. Wooram F. Jung and co-authors from Weill Cornell Medicine @WeillCornell Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery @columbiacornellplasticsurgery evaluated the evolving trends and oncologic outcomes of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction with adjuvant radiation. Although type of reconstruction did not influence patient survival, current smoking status was associated with a showed a six-fold increase in mortality compared to non-smokers. This emphasizes the importance of smoking cessation among breast cancer patients.

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