Most patients are very good candidates. There are several things that we need to consider when we develop a reconstructive plan. First, it’s very important for us to meet with you as soon as possible when you have your cancer diagnosis because oftentimes we can work with your cancer care team to give you the best aesthetic results without hindering or affecting your cancer treatment plan. Second is your cancer treatment plan—cancer care first. Reconstruction can always occur later. We want to make sure we have a good understanding of what is going to be needed to successfully beat your cancer.

The questions are: Will you need chemotherapy? Will you need radiation and when? All these questions will determine the timing of your reconstruction and will determine the type of reconstruction that we’ll recommend for you.

Of course, thirdly, we need to look at your overall health status. We’ll review: How healthy are you? What’s your past medical history? What other surgeries have you had, and what medications are you on? Once we get an overall assessment of your health status, we’ll have a good idea of what kind of candidate you are and what procedures will be available to you as reconstructive options.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?

Doctor Bob Basu discusses who is a candidate for Breast Reconstruction.