Immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy does not affect survival
Many women undergo mastectomy for the treatment of breast cancer, however, it is recognisably associated with serious subsequent deleterious effects, such as psychological problems associated with altered body image, as well as significant physical limitations.
Immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) has been shown to improve patient outcomes for quality of life, functional well-being, sexuality and femininity.
Nevertheless, some surgeons remain uncertain or unconvinced about the effect of such measures on patient survival and cancer recurrence.
This Chinese article reports the findings of a comprehensive systematic analysis of medical databases, which was undertaken in 2015, to answer those concerns. A secondary outcome analysis was the incidence of procedural-related infection.
A search of PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and Cochrane Library databases resulted in the quantitative synthesis of 31 studies involving 30,485 patients who underwent IBR after mastectomy,...
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