Breast reconstruction among inner city women with breast carcinoma

Michelle Zweifler, Estelamari Rodriguez, James Reilly, Theophilus Lewis, Scot Bradley Glasberg

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Despite the known benefits of breast reconstruction, the numbers of patients undergoing breast reconstruction remains lower than expected. The goal of this study was to survey systematically the experience of inner city breast cancer patients with regard to breast reconstruction in an urban public hospital setting. Between July 1999 and April 2000, 60 patients attending the Kings County Hospital Center Outpatient Breast Cancer Clinic were enrolled in this study. A multidimensional questionnaire was designed to explore the factors that determine breast reconstruction among inner city women. Demographic analysis failed to show any difference in education, insurance status, and economics between women who undergo breast reconstruction (N = 11) and nonreconstructed patients (N = 49). Patients who have undergone reconstruction are satisfied with their results. Reconstructed women have a higher rating of satisfaction with their sex life than nonreconstructed women (p = 0.041). The women without breast reconstruction had a tendency toward more embarrassment when undressing in front of a partner and lower partner satisfaction with their bodies. The most commonly sited reason patients did not undergo breast reconstruction was the lack of knowledge about breast reconstruction before mastectomy. This emphasizes the importance of educating patients on all the options in the management of breast carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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