Breast reconstruction for mastectomy

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Poonpissamai Suwajo
Sahathat Haetanurak


Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of malignancy in Thailand and surgery still remains its main treatment. Basically, there are two types of surgery, namely: breastconservative surgery and total mastectomy. However, during the past decade, the latter has gained its popularity. Apart from the primary goal of the operation, i.e., getting rid of all the cancer cells, disfiguration of the breast after surgery is also the main concerned. Post-operation disfiguration of the surgery can cause emotional distress for the patient. In order to achieve the best outcome, the patient should be informed about the option of breast reconstruction. In this
regard, many factors should be considered prior to having breast reconstruction, i.e., the stage of the cancer, adjuvant therapies, timing of reconstruction, patient’s acceptance of prosthesis, and the experience of the surgeon. Patients’ understanding of their options and treatments will ensure better success of the treatment.

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