Outcomes of Concurrent Breast and Gynecologic Risk Reduction Surgery

Irene T. Ma, Richard J. Gray, Nabil Wasif, Kristina A. Butler, Jeffrey L Cornella, Javier F. Magrina, Paul Magtibay, William J. Casey, Raman Mahabir, Alanna M. Rebecca, Katherine S. Hunt, Barbara A Pockaj

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Background: Women considering risk reduction surgery after a diagnosis of breast/ovarian cancer and/or inherited cancer gene mutation face difficult decisions. The safety of combined breast and gynecologic surgery has not been well studied; therefore, we evaluated the outcomes for patients who have undergone coordinated multispecialty surgery. Methods: We conducted a retrospective review of patients undergoing simultaneous breast and gynecologic surgery for newly or previously diagnosed breast cancer and/or an inherited cancer gene mutation during the same anesthetic at a single institution from 1999 to 2013. Results: Seventy-three patients with a mean age of 50 years (range 27–88) were identified. Most patients had newly diagnosed breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (62 %) and 28 patients (38 %) had an identified BRCA mutation. Almost all gynecologic procedures were for risk reduction or benign gynecologic conditions (97 %). Mastectomy was performed in 39 patients (53 %), the majority of whom (79 %) underwent immediate reconstruction. The most common gynecologic procedure involved bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, which was performed alone in 18 patients (25 %) and combined with hysterectomy in 40 patients (55 %). A total of 32 patients (44 %) developed postoperative complications, most of which were minor and did not require surgical intervention or hospitalization. Two of the 19 patients who underwent implant reconstruction (11 %; 3 % of the entire cohort) had major infectious complications requiring explantation. Conclusion: Combined breast and gynecologic procedures for a breast cancer diagnosis and/or risk reduction in patients can be accomplished with acceptable morbidity. Concurrent operations, including reconstruction, can be offered to patients without negatively impacting their outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Surgical Oncology
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 31 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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Ma, I. T., Gray, R. J., Wasif, N., Butler, K. A., Cornella, J. L., Magrina, J. F., Magtibay, P., Casey, W. J., Mahabir, R., Rebecca, A. M., Hunt, K. S., & Pockaj, B. A. (Accepted/In press). Outcomes of Concurrent Breast and Gynecologic Risk Reduction Surgery. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1245/s10434-016-5479-6