Paper of the Month - September, 2011

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Local, regional, and systemic recurrence rates in patients undergoing skin-sparing mastectomy compared with conventional mastectomy.

Yi M, Kronowitz S, Meric-Bernstam F et al.
The popularity of skin-sparing mastectomy (SSM) for the surgical treatment of early stage breast cancer has increased over the past decade. By preserving the inframammary fold and native skin envelope, SSM greatly enhances the aesthetic results of immediate breast reconstruction. However, because less skin is resected in SSM compared with conventional mastectomy (CM), concerns persist that SSM might be associated with an increased risk of locoregional recurrence (LRR) and systemic recurrence of breast cancer.


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