International study finds advanced post-mastectomy breast reconstruction improves women’s psychosocial and sexual well-being:
NCI Cancer Center News
After a mastectomy, women who undergo breast reconstruction with tissue from their own abdomen experience significant gains in psychological, social, and sexual well-being as soon as three weeks after surgery… To provide a clearer picture of women’s mental and physical health following two advanced forms of breast reconstruction, researchers from the University Health Network Breast Restoration Program at the University of Toronto in collaboration with colleagues at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City surveyed 51 women undergoing free MS-TRAM or DIEP flap reconstruction between June 2009 and November 2010. During these procedures, which are gaining popularity in North America and Europe, surgeons take tissue from the patient’s abdomen and use it to reconstruct the breast.
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