Breast reconstruction and quality of life

Jaume Masià, Elena Rodríguez Bauzà

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Abstract

© 2017, Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies. All rights reserved. Introduction: Quality of life is a concept strongly conditioned by the physical integrity and individual body image. Breast reconstruction has become an ideal choice for women diagnosed with breast cancer. It is an essential step and should be analysed individually. Reconstructive procedures: Reconstruction can be performed through implants and through autologous tissue and can be immediate or delayed. The DIEP flap has become the gold standard in breast reconstruction. Discussion: Patients should be advised by their plastic surgeon about the most appropriate technique for their breast reconstruction. The fact that only 30% of women who undergo mastectomy carry out reconstruction is mainly due to a lack of information. Conclusion: Breast reconstruction should not be considered a posterior step of breast cancer treatment. Breast reconstruction should be considered an essential part for an integral treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-306
JournalPsicooncologia
Volume14
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast prostheses
  • Breast reconstruction
  • DIEP flap
  • Quality of life
  • Tissue expander
  • Wide dorsal muscle flap

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