Corrective surgery after cancer treatments

If a patient who has had a mastectomy wishes to have breast reconstruction after cancer treatments, an oncologist refers her to the HUCH Department of Plastic Surgery for evaluation.

Even a patient who does not wish to have breast reconstruction after cancer treatments may have problems after a mastectomy, such as bothersome pockets of skin. The healthy breast may also feel uncomfortably large and heavy. The patient may wish to have skin pockets corrected or the healthy breast reduced. In this case, the oncologist may refer the patient for evaluation at the HUCH Breast Surgery Unit.

Problems may arise after breast-conserving surgery as well. The conserved breast may be misshapen or markedly smaller than the other breast. In this case the conserved breast can be corrected or the healthy breast can be reduced. If the patient wishes to have surgery, the oncologist may refer her to the HUCH Breast Surgery Unit for evaluation.