Treating Radiation Pain with Fat Transfer

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Sun, 12/29/2013

Radiation is a standard part of the prescribed treatment for many women diagnosed with breast cancer. Radiation is frequently combined with partial mastectomy or lumpectomy, Orin combination with chemotherapy after mastectomy. Of course the benefit of radiation therapy is to reduce the risk of recurrence of breast cancer. Unfortunately, radiation therapy is almost always associated with damage to the remaining tissue. Sometimes this damage is minimal, but frequently it may result in severe scarring and deformity, and even pain.  In severe cases, there may even be tissue breakdown and then failure to heal. Unfortunately these problems may be progressive and get worse over time rather than better. Lumpectomy with radiation is often called 'breast sparing' surgery, but in many cases the result is a severely deformed deformed, and sometimes painful breast, which is completely different in shape and size to the other breast. Radiation over breast implants or tissue ex panders used in breast reconstruction is also associated with a very high complication rate. Complications include severe hardening, misshapen breasts, and even implant extrusion and pain.

Autologous fat transfer (AFT) is now considered the method of choice for treating radiation damaged tissues, and gives hope to women suffering from complications from radiation therapy. In the past there were really no options to treat radiation damaged tissue. Additionally, fat transfer requires no additional scarring as it involves only liposuction and careful injection of the fat into the damaged tissue. As with any technique, skill and experience are required to ensure the best results with low risk of complications.

Until recently there have also been no treatment options for women with pain after radiation therapy. Autologous fat transfer provides new hope for these women. One of the first things we have observed when performing AFT on women suffering from radiation related pain and tissue problems is the improvement in their pain. Often there pain is completely resolved with just one fat transfer procedure, before actual improvement in the tissue itself is observed.With repeated AFT procedures we routinely see improvement in the quality and mobility of the tissues

AFT effectively transforms scarred, rigid tissue, to soft pliable tissue, a true regeneration effect of fat transfer. For more information regarding treatment of radiation related pain and other complications of radiation therapy for breast cancer and cancers in general, contact us at the Breast Center at the Bougainvillea Clinique.

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Winter Park, FL 32792