Would you advise me to have breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy?
The timing of breast reconstruction is one of the most discussed topics in reconstruction research. It’s important that your entire team of doctors — breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, and other caregivers — meet as a group and discuss your unique situation. Ideally, this group should meet before you make your decision about mastectomy or lumpectomy because the type of breast surgery you have can affect the reconstruction outcome. For example, some women may opt to have mastectomy instead of lumpectomy because the plastic surgeon advises that reconstruction after mastectomy offers better cosmetic results. Because each breast cancer is unique, each reconstruction surgery and its timing are unique. Together, you and your team can decide on an approach that is best for you.