The psychological impact of immediate rather than delayed breast reconstruction

Al-Ghazal, S K, Sully, L, Fallowfield, L and Blamey, RW (2000) The psychological impact of immediate rather than delayed breast reconstruction. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 26 (1). pp. 17-19. ISSN 0748-7983

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A retrospective analysis of the psychological advantages of immediate reconstruction (IR) against delayed reconstruction (DR).


A total of 121 patients who underwent different types of breast reconstruction were seen in the follow-up clinic and assessed for: anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, sexuality and satisfaction.


Ninety-five percent of the patients who had IR preferred this technique and 76% of the DR group would have preferred IR. Anxiety and depression were decreased and body image, self-esteem and sexual feeling of attractiveness and satisfaction were significantly superior in the IR group compared with that of the DR group.


Patients who had immediate reconstruction recalled less distress and had better psychosocial well being than those who had delayed reconstruction.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: breast cancer; breast reconstruction; delayed; immediate; psychology.
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology Including cancer and carcinogens
Depositing User: Jil Fairclough
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2012 09:00
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:56
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