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Title: Breast reconstruction rate and profile in a Singapore patient population: A national university hospital experience
Authors: Sim N.
Soh S.
Ang C.H.
Hing C.H.
Lee H.J.
Nallathamby V.
Yap Y.L. 
Ong W.C. 
Lim T.C. 
Lim J.
Keywords: Breast
Breast reconstruction
Issue Date: 15-May-2017
Publisher: Singapore Medical Association
Citation: Sim N., Soh S., Ang C.H., Hing C.H., Lee H.J., Nallathamby V., Yap Y.L., Ong W.C., Lim T.C., Lim J. (2017-05-15). Breast reconstruction rate and profile in a Singapore patient population: A national university hospital experience. Singapore Medical Journal 59 (6) : 300-304. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: INTRODUCTION Breast reconstruction is an integral part of breast cancer management with the aim of restoring a breast to its natural form. There is increasing awareness among women that it is a safe procedure and its benefits extend beyond aesthetics. Our aim was to establish the rate of breast reconstruction and provide an overview of the patients who underwent breast reconstruction at National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. METHODS We evaluated factors that impact a patient�s decision to proceed with breast reconstruction, such as ethnicity, age, time and type of implant. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of women who had breast cancer and underwent breast surgery at NUH between 2001 and 2010. RESULTS The breast reconstruction rate in this study was 24.3%. There were 241 patients who underwent breast reconstruction surgeries (including delayed and immediate procedures) among 993 patients for whom mastectomies were done for breast cancer. Chinese patients were the largest ethnic group who underwent breast reconstruction after mastectomy (74.3%). Within a single ethnic patient group, Malay women had the largest proportion of women undergoing breast reconstruction (60.0%). The youngest woman in whom cancer was detected in our study was aged 20 years. Malay women showed the greatest preference for autologous tissue breast reconstruction (92.3%). The median age at cancer diagnosis of our cohort was 46 years. CONCLUSION We noted increases in the age of patients undergoing breast reconstruction and the proportion of breast reconstruction cases over the ten-year study period. � 2018, Singapore Medical Association. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Singapore Medical Journal
ISSN: 00375675
DOI: 10.11622/smedj.2017035
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