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In some cases, chemotherapy treatment that is delivered after your mastectomy can be delayed until the expansion process of breast cancer reconstruction with implants is finished. If your doctor prefers not to delay chemotherapy, the expander can be inflated during your treatment. If you would prefer to delay the expansion process until your chemotherapy is complete, discuss this with your doctor.

Exchanging the expander for an implant and creating a new nipple requires your immune system to be in full recovery – usually six to twelve weeks after the final course of chemotherapy for your cancer. Autologous breast reconstruction procedures may also be delayed until after your chemotherapy is finished.

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