Supporting informed decision making
We support the NICE guidelines (2018) regarding breast cancer surgery:
1.5.1. Offer both breast reconstruction options to women (immediate reconstruction and delayed reconstruction), whether or not they are available locally.
1.5.2. Be aware that some women may prefer not to have breast reconstruction surgery.
The NICE committee agreed that ‘the option of no reconstruction should also be discussed, because this may be the preferred option for some women’ (NICE, 2018).
We promote living without reconstruction as a positive outcome, but want all women to be supported and provided with practical information whichever surgical pathway they are considering. This is why we support women who are living flat while they wait for delayed reconstruction, as well as those who are undecided. We encourage women who are considering their options to also access advice regarding reconstruction from other support services (please see our Links section for further details).