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Minerva Chirurgica 2018 Jan 23

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4733.18.07615-0

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Radiotherapy and breast reconstruction

Nicola ROCCO 1, 4 , Giuseppe CATANUTO 2, 4, Maurizio B. NAVA 3, 4

1 Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy; 2 Multidisciplinary Breast Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Cannizzaro, Catania, Italy; 3 School of Plastic Surgery, University of Milan, Milan, Italy; 4 Group for Reconstructive and Therapeutic Advancements, G.RE.T.A., Milan, Italy


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Indications for post mastectomy radiotherapy are widening to a larger group of mastectomy patients and breast reconstruction rates following mastectomy are rising all over the world, this leading breast surgeons to face breast reconstruction in a growing number of patients who will undergo radiotherapy Increased morbidity is associated with al forms of breast reconstruction in the setting of post-mastectomy radiotherapy and in patients who previously underwent chest wall radiotherapy. Different attitudes towards breast reconstruction in the radiotherapy setting are presented in literature. The level of evidence and quality of studies investigating breast reconstruction in the setting of PMRT and in patients who previously underwent chest wall radiotherapy are low. The reconstructive option in the radiotherapy setting must be tailored on the single patient according with patients’ characteristics and wishes, always considering that the best reconstructive timing must be driven by the best oncological timing.


KEY WORDS: Breast reconstruction - Radiotherapy - Breast implants

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Article first published online: January 23, 2018
Manuscript accepted: January 5, 2018
Manuscript received: January 1, 2018

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Rocco N, Catanuto G, Nava MB. Radiotherapy and breast reconstruction. Minerva Chir 2018 Jan 23. DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4733.18.07615-0

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