CUFF Study: Characterization of Upper Limb Function following Mastectomy and Reconstruction for Breast Cancer
This is an observational study that will provide information describing the relationships between type of breast reconstruction and shoulder/upper extremity function and perceived health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for breast cancer survivors. This study will obtain measurements of arm strength and mobility and use self-report questionnaires to evaluate patient quality of life and satisfaction with treatment. Outcomes across three patient groups will be compared, including patients who undergo 1) lumpectomy, or mastectomy with either: 2) reconstruction with implants, or 3) reconstruction with autologous flaps.
There will be three study visits, including one visit before surgery and two visits after surgery. Before and after surgery, your strength and mobility will be measured and you will complete questionnaires. Also after surgery, there will be a one-on-one interview.
Plan to undergo mastectomy as a part of breast cancer treatment
Mastectomy with or without secondary reconstruction
Women who do not plan to have mastectomy as a part of their breast cancer treatment
History of a stroke or neuromuscular disorder (e.g. Parkinson's disease, tremor)
Severe arthritis that affects how you move
Any condition that affects memory (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, dementia)