More breast cancer survivors say no to reconstruction surgery

  • | Tuesday | 12th February, 2019

CHENNAI: After double mastectomies, chemotherapy cycles and radiations, women undergoing therapy for breast cancer , across income groups, are increasingly avoiding breast reconstruction surgeries even if they are free. The reconstruction surgery would have cost her Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. But the treatment is so cumbersome that women decide against breast reconstruction. Epsilon Services, which launched Poorthi — a silicone gel-based breast prosthesis from Germany — six months ago, has sold about 95 of them across the state. “Results of reconstruction can change after chemo and radiotherapy, which can take six to eight months, doctors may not do reconstruction surgery at the time of breast removal for some patients,” said Dr Selvi Radhakrishna of Chennai Breast Centre.

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