Information and Articles

Below are informational articles for patients going through breast cancer, mastectomy or breast reconstruction surgery.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Breast Cancer – Stages I and II

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A comprehensive guide covering chemotherapy, radiation, endocrine therapy, and recurrence for Stage I and II patients, this resource even includes a section concerning treatment decisions and glossary of cancer terms.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Stage III Breast Cancer

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A comprehensive guide covering chemotherapy, radiation, endocrine therapy, and recurrence for Stage III patients, this resource even includes a section concerning treatment decisions and a glossary of cancer terms.

ASCO, ASTRO and SSO Update Guideline on Postmastectomy Radiotherapy | ASCO

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When making the decision to undergo postmastectomy radio therapy, both the risks and benefits must be discussed.  Characteristics such as type of tumor and lymph node involvement play an important role in determining the best course of action.  In some cases, PMRT reduces the risk of recurrence in patients while others who are at a low risk of recurrence may experience complications far outweighing the benefits.

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Breast Reconstruction with Expanders and Implants

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A list of guidelines used by the multidisciplinary team providing care for breast cancer patients undergoing treatment, mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, this resource addresses “the risk factors, treatment, anticipated outcomes, and follow-up of patients undergoing breast reconstruction with expanders/implants for the treatment of cancerous defects.”

Systematic Review of Complications of Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction with Pre-Reconstruction and Post-Reconstruction Radiation Therapy

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Before making final breast cancer reconstruction decisions, patients should be counseled appropriately regarding the risks of complications associated with radiation treatment and implant-based reconstruction.