Feeling whole again

Patient Information on Breast Reconstruction

Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in women (apart from skin cancer). Current studies show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime1. A healthy and shapely breast plays a positive part in a woman’s body image, and can promote a state of well-being. For patients who have undergone prophylactic mastectomy or had a tumour removed, breast reconstruction may be part of the healing process. It can help improve their self-confidence and self-esteem, and improve quality of life. 

Whatever your motivation for breast surgery is, you will have many questions. In this section you will find basic information about the possibilities of breast reconstruction and the wide variety of choices available, as well as the benefits and disadvantages. Please note this information does not replace the advice of breast surgeons, and you will need to discuss your case in detail with them.

1. American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2018. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc. 2017.