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Restoring women’s dignity key after breast removal

24 September 2020

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and it is the third leading cause of death from cancer. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are likely to have surgery for treatment. A patient may have one or both breasts removed if there is a very high risk of cancer in the other breast due to genetics. The current standard of care in many centres globally is the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator flap. This involves taking tissue from the patient’s abdomen and relocating it to create a new breast mound. The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi was the first in East and Central Africa to successfully do this procedure recently.