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Delayed Breast Reconstruction Post Cancer Causes Anxiety

By Wochit 05 October 2016

October 4, 2016 -- Breast reconstruction immediately after breast removal surgery due to cancer may help reduce a patient's mental distress, a new study suggests. However, the study finding suggests that immediate breast reconstruction "may protect breast cancer patients from a period of psychosocial distress, poor body image, and diminished sexual well-being, compared to those waiting" for delayed reconstruction, said Dr. Toni Zhong and colleagues at the University of Toronto. Thirty patients had reconstruction during the same surgery as breast removal, while 76 had delayed breast reconstruction, an average of three years after the mastectomy. In both groups of patients, anxiety decreased after breast reconstruction, the study authors found.