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Obesity, an excess accumulation of adipose tissue occurring in mammalians when caloric intake exceeds energy expenditure, is associated with an increased frequency and progression of several types of neoplastic diseases including postmenopausal breast cancer. Recent studies have suggested that obesity-related disruption of the energy homeostasis results in inflammation and alterations of adipokine signalling that may foster cancer initiation and progression. Moreover, two populations of human white adipose tissue (WAT) progenitors cooperate in breast cancer angiogenesis, growth and metastatic progression. This raises the issue of lipotransfer in patients undergoing plastic or reconstructive surgery. © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. Source


Petit J.Y.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Botteri E.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Lohsiriwat V.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Lohsiriwat V.,Mahidol University | And 11 more authors.
Annals of Oncology | Year: 2012

Background: Lipofilling has been indicated for postmastectomy and postlumpectomy breast reconstruction. The clinical literatures underline its technical efficacy but experimental studies raise important questions about the potential detrimental effect of adipocytes on the stimulation of cancer growth and reappearance. Design: We collected 321 consecutive patients operated for a primary breast cancer between 1997 and 2008 who subsequently underwent lipofilling for reconstructive purpose. For each patient, we selected two matched patients with similar characteristics who did not undergo a lipofilling. Results: Eighty-nine percent of the tumors were invasive. Median follow-up was 56 months from the primary surgery and 26 months from the lipofilling. Eight and 19 patients had a local event in the lipofilling and control group, respectively, leading to comparable cumulative incidence curves [P = 0.792; Hazard Ratio Lipo vs No lipo = 1.11 (95% confidence interval 0.47-2.64)]. These results were confirmed when patients undergoing quadrantectomy and mastectomy were analyzed separately and when the analysis was limited to invasive tumors. Based on 37 cases, the lipofilling group resulted at higher risk of local events when the analysis was limited to intraepithelial neoplasia. Conclusions: Lipofilling seems to be a safe procedure in breast cancer patients. Longer follow-up and further experiences from oncological series are urgently required to confirm these findings. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved. Source

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