Intermeshing breast reconstruction and postmastectomy radiation

David A. Sieber, Darl K. Vandevender, Kevin V. Albuquerque

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In women with advanced breast cancer or those with early-stage cancer for whom there is a contraindication for breast-conserving therapy, mastectomy is the primary surgical treatment. This is often followed by breast reconstruction in either an immediate or delayed fashion. There is a great psychological and emotional benefit for the patient to have immediate reconstruction at the time of initial mastectomy. Recently, evidence has demonstrated that postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) administered in conjunction with systemic therapy improves not only locoregional control but also survival. This has increased the number of women receiving PMRT and resulted in much debate in the literature regarding the timing of radiation therapy and the types of reconstructive options. In this article, the authors review the literature for controversies and currently accepted practices for intermeshing PMRT and breast reconstruction following mastectomy. We also summarize the key issues related to the integration of breast reconstruction with PMRT and detail the experience and complications arising from this integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1273-1283
Number of pages11
JournalExpert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • breast cancer
  • breast reconstruction
  • radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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