Q: I’m 43 years old and had breast cancer. Did a radical mastectomy and axillary lymph node removal, plus chemotherapy. In the meantime, I have gain a lot of weight, my tummy is quite prominent, and the other breast is big and droopy. I would like to go for breast reconstruction and also to tackle the other two issues- tummy and breast. What are my options? How long will it take to recover?
Sometimes we defer the nipple-areola reconstruction to a 3rd stage, and that is an outpatient procedure, done under local anaesthesia.
Overall the process can take up to 9-12 months, depending on the patient condition, availability to take time out of work and personal options and choices. Breast reconstruction is an essential part of breast cancer treatment. It allows you to recover your body image, your self-esteem, your life quality and is a significant step to overcome and win the battle against cancer.
As a piece of final advice, would recommend you to and discuss and weigh your options with your medical team, family and friends, support groups, make up your mind and go for it if that is your wish.