New findings suggest that surgeons performing mastectomies can offer a form of the procedure that allows women to retain the nipple for use in breast reconstruction after breast cancer diagnosis.
Now, a reassuring study finds that this type of mastectomy doesn’t raise a woman’s risk for breast cancer recurrence.
“More women are requesting nipple-sparing mastectomy because of the superior cosmetic results. But doctors don’t want to take any chances with breast cancer patients’ safety for the sake of cosmetic improvement,” explained lead researcher Dr. Barbara Smith. She’s a surgical oncologist and director of the breast program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. READ MORE