If you had radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction surgery, it may have caused changes to your reconstructed breast. Radiation therapy can raise your risk of developing complications such as capsular contracture , thinning of the skin, and extrusion of an implant. The breast that was treated with radiation may look significantly different from the breast that did not receive radiation. In that situation, your plastic surgeon may recommend that you have a procedure on the non-radiated breast, such as a breast lift, so that it better matches the radiated breast.
According to research, women who have breast implant reconstruction, followed by radiation therapy, are not as happy with the results and report lower levels of well-being than women who have the same reconstruction without radiation therapy. Implants are used in 68 percent of those surgeries — they've been the most commonly used method since The questionnaire was sent to women who had implant-based breast reconstruction, with and without radiation, at one of three centers in the United States and Canada. Responses were received from women who had radiation therapy and women who didn't, for a total of completed questionnaires. Women who had implant-based reconstruction followed by radiation therapy reported having a lower quality of life than women who did not have radiation therapy.
Standard radiation therapy also called radiotherapy uses targeted, high-energy X-rays or other forms of radiation to kill cancer cells. The goal of radiation therapy is to kill any cancer that might be left in or around the breast or nearby lymph nodes after surgery. Learn about emerging areas in radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is often given to women who are treated with lumpectomy also called breast conserving surgery for DCIS. Learn more about treatment for DCIS.
Introduction: The pathogenic mechanism underlying capsular contracture is still unknown. It is certainly a multifactorial process, resulting from human body reaction, biofilm activation, bacteremic seeding, or silicone exposure. The scope of the present article is to investigate the effect of hypofractionated radiotherapy protocol 2. Methods: Silicone implants and polyurethane underwent irradiation according to a hypofractionated radiotherapy protocol for the treatment of breast cancer. After irradiation implant shells underwent mechanical, chemical, and microstructural evaluation by means of tensile testing, infrared spectra in attenuated total reflectance mode, nuclear magnetic resonance, and field emission scanning electron microscopy.