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Treatment Following Breast Cancer – Plastic Surgery

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Some women who have a mastectomy as treatment for breast cancer also have plastic ​surgery or breast reconstruction surgery​.

If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, it's best to meet with a Mars​hfield Clinic Plastic Surgeon​​ before your breast surgery. In some cases, the breast reconstruction surgery can be done at the same time as the mastectomy.

However, your doctor may want you wait until a later date, especially if your mastectomy will be followed by radiation therapy.

​The plastic surgeon can do breast reconstruction is several ways. Some women choose breast implants, which are filled with a silicone or saline gel.

The surgeon can also use tissue from another part of your body such as the abdomen or buttocks, to fashion a breast shape.

As with any surgery, there are risks and limitations to breast reconstruction, however if you are an appropriate candidate the benefits may outweigh the risks.

The plastic surgeon will determine which type of reconstruction is best for you, depending on your age and the extent of the cancer surgery.

If you decide breast reconstruction surgery is not for you, another option is to wear a breast prosthesis inside your bra. Marshfield Clinic has a special Post Mastectomy Service to help you find the best product for you.​​

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What Do You Know About Breast Cancer?

Test your knowledge of breast cancer by taking this quiz.

1. Finding breast cancer early is the key to successful treatment.
2. Older women are more likely to develop breast cancer.
3. Most breast lumps are cancerous.
4. It's OK to use deodorant on the day you have a mammogram.
5. Women who drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day increase their risk for breast cancer.
6. Women who have their first child before age 30 and breastfeed for longer than 6 months are less likely to develop breast cancer.
7. Smoking may increase your risk for breast cancer.
8. Breast cancer can be treated by surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
9. Starting at age 30, women should have a mammogram every 1 or 2 years.
10. A woman's chances of developing breast cancer are higher if her mother, a sister, or daughter had it.
11. It's safe for women to use hormone therapy for a prolonged time during menopause.
12. Regular exercise can reduce your risk for breast cancer.
13. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women.