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Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

, Volume 129, Issue 1, pp 287–289 | Cite as

Immediate reconstruction with implants in women with invasive breast cancer does not affect oncological safety in a matched cohort study

  • Alexandre Mendonça Munhoz
  • Rolf Gemperli
  • José Roberto Filassi
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

We read with interest the article by Eriksen et al. [1] about the oncological safety of immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) in breast cancer patients. The authors should be congratulated for their efforts to evaluate differences between local and distant recurrences between patients having IBR versus mastectomy alone. As a multi-professional team, it was our opinion that IBR should be performed to improve body image and the remaining quality of life for patients facing mastectomy. However, the success of the whole procedure can be defined as the best possible aesthetic outcome that does not sacrifice oncological safety.

In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of IBR. In fact, restoring body image has been shown to have an important effect on the psychological recovery of breast cancer patients and there is evidence that there is greater psychological advantage in those who have IBR. However, many of these patients will have high-risk cancers that...

Keywords

Breast Reconstruction Immediate Breast Reconstruction Free Flap Reconstruction Matched Cohort Study Oncoplastic Technique 
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Reference

  1. 1.
    Eriksen C, Frisell J, Wickman M, Lidbrink E, et al. (2011) Immediate reconstruction with implants in women with invasive breast cancer does not affect oncological safety in a matched cohort study. Breast Cancer Res Treat [Epub ahead of print]Google Scholar

References for Rebuttal letter

  1. 1.
    Munhoz AM, Gemperli R, Filassi JR (2011) Immediate reconstruction with implants in women with invasive breast cancer does not affect oncological safety in a matched cohort study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. doi: 10.1007/s10549-011-1515-1
  2. 2.
    Eriksen C, Frisell J, Wickman M, Lidbrink E, Krawiec K, Sandelin K (2011) Immediate reconstruction with implants in women with invasive breast cancer does not affect oncological safety in a matched cohort study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. doi: 10.1007/s10549-011-1437-y

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Mendonça Munhoz
    • 1
    • 4
  • Rolf Gemperli
    • 2
  • José Roberto Filassi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Plastic SurgeryHospital Sírio-LibanêsSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Plastic SurgeryUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Breast SurgeryGynecology University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.São PauloBrazil

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