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The post-operative result of oncoplastic reconstruction and IORT

Breast Cancer: Oncoplastic Reconstruction of Lumpectomy Defects and Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy.

In certain patients with breast cancer, they may be a candidate for a lumpectomy with oncoplastic reconstruction and intra-operative radiation therapy.  In patients with smaller tumors and certain biologic characteristics radiation can be undertaken at the time of lumpectomy during the operation. This can have fewer deleterious effects on the breast tissue, skin, and the overall aesthetic result. Oncoplastic reconstruction of lumpectomy defects involves closing the lumpectomy defect to produce a more aesthetically pleasing result. The ability to complete two of possibly three modalities of breast cancer treatment in one procedure can be very helpful to the health, recovery, and overall psyche of the breast cancer patient.

Author Info

Brian Dickinson

Dr. Dickinson is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon operating out of Newport Beach, California. He believes that the reconstructive and aesthetic surgical principles appropriately complement each other and share's his techniques and advice freely.