A Tale of Two Sisters: Breast Reconstruction Options for Women With or at High Risk of Breast Cancer.
Breast reconstructive surgery has changed significantly over the past decade. The incidence of nipple-sparing procedures and prophylactic mastectomy has also increased significantly as women and their surgeons use shared decision-making strategies. The following case history of two sisters, one with breast cancer and one at elevated risk for breast cancer, highlights the current standard of care with newer gold-standard procedures for mastectomy and subsequent reconstruction. A comparison of types of mastectomies, steps in reconstruction, and reconstruction options are discussed.