Can Breast Cancer Return After Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

The below question is answered by Dr.James Craigie of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction.

Is it possible for cancer to come back in a new reconstructed breast?


Breast cancer can reoccur in the breast after mastectomy. This can happen with or without reconstruction.  If the reconstruction is done with your own skin and fatty tissue, then the new breast has no real breast tissue and can not develop breast cancer. If breast cancer remains after mastectomy it could possibly grow into the new breast. This is rare but not impossible.

James Craigie,MD
Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction

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