Oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery in the elderly.

Category Systematic review
JournalThe British journal of surgery
Year 2015
BACKGROUND: The recommendations of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (2013) have been endorsed recently by the UK Association of Breast Surgeons and are in line with the 2007 Cancer Reform Strategy, which states that treatment in older British women should be equivalent to that in younger patients unless precluded by co-morbidity or patient choice. Oncoplastic and reconstructive techniques are increasingly available to women with breast cancer. A review of the literature was carried out to investigate use of these techniques in older patients. METHODS: A MEDLINE search was conducted to identify studies relating to oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery in the elderly. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Nine studies were identified and included in the review. Older patients undergoing reconstruction, particularly autologous reconstruction, have outcomes that are at least as good as those achieved in younger patients, yet are far less likely to be offered these techniques. Issues influencing oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery in the elderly include: lack of standard pathways of care, concerns regarding higher operative risk, lack of evidence regarding outcomes, preconceptions regarding body image and lack of engagement with the decision-making process. A minority of older women are likely to accept reconstruction, but those who do are pleased with the results and experience good quality of life. There is now a range of safe oncoplastic and reconstructive options that could be considered as an alternative to standard mastectomy or wide local excision in older patients.
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First added on: Feb 23, 2015