The diagnosis of breast cancer combines the trauma of managing a potentially fatal disease with a radical assault on the body image of the patient. Women afflicted with this disease in the 1990s are bombarded with a multitude of choices regarding both treatment and reconstructive options at an extremely vulnerable and anxious time in their lives. Complicating the decision is the inevitable disagreement among physicians as to the best modality for surgical treatment and/or the need for adjunctive radiation or chemotherapy. The additional option of breast reconstruction compounds the choices faced by the patient, her general surgeon, and her plastic surgeon.
KeywordsBreast Reconstruction Rectus Muscle Critical Choice Inframammary Fold Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous
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