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Radiotherapy in breast reconstruction is mostly safe

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7503.1330-a (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1330
  1. Martin J Rolles, specialist registrar, clinical oncology ([email protected])
  1. Wessex Radiotherapy Centre, Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton SO14 0YG

    EDITOR—Ahmed et al say that radiotherapy can increase the complications of breast reconstruction and adversely affect outcome.1 This point is not clearly justified.

    The literature on the effect of radiotherapy on reconstructed breasts is based mostly on small retrospective series, with wide differences in reported complication rates. Objective measurement of fibrosis and capsular contracture is difficult, relying on clinical classification2 or some form …

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