Male Breast Cancer

Male breast cancer is a rare cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, breast cancer does occur in men.

Male breast cancer is most common in older men, though it can occur at any age. Men diagnosed with male breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure. Treatment typically involves surgery to remove the breast tissue. Other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may be recommended based on your particular situation. While many plastic surgeons have no experience with male breast cancer reconstruction, Dr. Hazen has vast experience with this surgery and understands the aesthetic nuance of the male chest. She will also make you feel comfortable and listen to your concerns.

Before and After Photos of Male Breast Cancer Procedures

Male Breast Cancer Reconstruction

Typically reconstruction for male breast cancer involves re-contouring the chest itself, and then areolar and nipple reconstruction.  Sometimes the only reconstruction that needs to be performed is to close the mastectomy incision.  The patients own fat can also be used to re-contour.  

Who is a Candidate for Male Breast Cancer Surgery?

Basically anyone that has breast cancer and is relatively healthy is a candidate for male breast reconstruction. Men should feel comfortable seeking this care as well.

Post Surgery Recovery 

After breast surgery, we will provide you with specific aftercare instructions, along with prescription pain medication. Expect some bruising and swelling during the first 48 hours or longer. You will need a friend or family member to help you during this initial stage of recovery.

Light activity can be resumed within a few days, but most patients require one to two weeks off from work and other normal activities. You should take an entire month off from rigorous exercise and heavy lifting. Stitches are normally removed after a week, but prolonged swelling may obscure your final results for several weeks.

Why Choose Dr. Hazen

Many plastic surgeons have no experience with male breast cancer reconstruction.  Dr. Hazen has vast experience with this surgery and understands the aesthetic nuance of the male chest. Dr. Hazen will also make you feel comfortable and will listen to your concerns and questions.

What to Expect From Your Consultation

After welcoming you, Dr. Hazen takes a thorough look at your medical history and conditions, including your hospitalizations and medications taken.  A physical exam is performed.  Your goals and desires for surgery are fully explored, and Dr. Hazen gives a comprehensive explanation of the surgical procedures that are possible for you, including complications and risks.  The recovery process  is well described. Dr. Hazen offers to take pre-operative photos of you (saves a visit). Dr. Hazen and you may explore any issues that are blocking or interfering with the surgery actually happening, including anxieties around it. Then a plan is made with a time line. Should the surgery not be covered by insurance, you will be informed about the estimated costs for surgery and anesthesia.