Chemotherapy can affect reconstruction in several ways.
Some forms of chemotherapy may delay wound healing, increase the risk of surgical infection, or cause you not to feel well, thus altering the timing of reconstruction. Some forms of chemotherapy like Herceptin can temporarily affect heart function, and you may need to wait to recover from this therapy before reconstruction can be completed. Chemotherapy is usually delayed for 6 weeks after surgery. Similarly, if chemotherapy is required before surgery, the operation is generally suspended for about 4 to 6 weeks after chemotherapy.