Ask the Doctor- Is reconstruction possible 14 years after radiation?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question:  In 2003, I was diagnosed with DCIS, had a lumpectomy and radiation on the right breast. Years later I have a large lump and had an MRI today. It probably is nothing but I am considering have that breast removed and having reconstruction done at the same time. Is this possible 14 years after radiation?

Answer: We routinely do successful natural tissue reconstruction on patients who have had previous breast surgery and radiation, and the fact that your radiation was 14 years ago will have no bearing on our chances of success. We would be happy to call and discuss your situation in more detail, if you wish, just let us know.

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