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Letters Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction

Effects of post-mastectomy radiotherapy on breast reconstruction

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 17 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7448
  1. Malcolm R Kell, consultant oncoplastic surgeon1,
  2. Mitchel Barry, consultant oncoplastic surgeon1
  1. 1Breastcheck, University College Dublin, 36 Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Republic of Ireland
  1. malcolm.kell{at}

Breast reconstruction is challenging to optimise in the face of optimum adjuvant therapy and we commend Thiruchelvam and colleagues on their recent review.1 However, one of their summary points says: “If radiotherapy is needed, delayed reconstruction minimises the risk of complications and improves aesthetic outcomes,” yet no …

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