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Breast Cancer

How long does it take to recover from breast cancer surgery?

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  • AElisa Port, MD, Surgical Oncology, answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health System
    What Is Recovery Like After Breast Cancer Surgery?
    Recovery times can vary after breast cancer surgery. In this video I explain what can affect how long it takes to recover from surgery.
  • AKatharine Yao, MD, Surgery, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem
    It depends on the type of breast cancer surgery you had. If you had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy alone, it could be one to two weeks for recovery. If you had a mastectomy with reconstruction, recovery could take four to eight weeks, depending on the type of reconstruction.
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