Breast reconstruction options are expanding, but for women faced with mastectomy due to breast cancer, certain tissue-saving techniques are overlooked in order prevent potential cancer recurrence. However, nipple-sparing mastectomy may deserve another look.
In properly selected patients, the procedure can be safe, according to a new study published in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After examining the results of 162 nipple-sparing mastectomies with a mean follow up of about three years, there was no evidence of cancer recurrences in the nipple-areola complex. Why is this good news? Like it sounds, this alternative to traditional mastectomy preserves the nipple, which provides a more aesthetic result and psychological benefits to women dealing with the illness.
Unfortunately, this type of procedure is not ideal for patients with large breasts or advanced stages of breast cancer, and even for appropriate candidates, further investigation is required.
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