Breast reconstruction

This section provides information about breast reconstruction for women who have had breast surgery.

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When can I have a reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction can be done at the time of the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or months or years later (delayed reconstruction).

The timing depends on the type of breast cancer you were diagnosed with, whether you need further treatment (for example, chemotherapy or radiation therapy), your general health, and other concerns, such as the cost.

Some women plan the reconstruction from the time of their mastectomy, others prefer to focus on treatment and think about reconstruction later. Sometimes you won’t be able to have an immediate reconstruction due to the surgery schedule at the hospital. Discuss these issues with your breast cancer surgeon, oncoplastic surgeon and/or reconstructive (plastic) surgeon.

This information was last reviewed in June 2017
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