By Dr. David Reath--Knoxville, Tenn.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The ASPS is proud to announce the availability of the Breast Reconstruction Planner: Tips to Manage a Speedy Recover. This is a guide for a patient and her family and caregivers to help plan for and manage the recovery following breast reconstruction surgeries. And, it's free to any and all who want to download it.
By Lawrence H. Iteld, MD--Chicago
Thursday, September 12, 2013
In May, the New York Times published an Op-Ed letter from actress Angelina Jolie, in which Ms. Jolie shared that she elected to undergo a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction after testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation. Her physicians estimated her lifetime risk of developing breast cancer was 87% and her risk of ovarian cancer was at 50%. Revelation of Ms. Jolie's decision has spurred increased awareness and renewed discussion about the options available to women with increased individual risk of breast cancer.
By Earl Campbell, MD--Calgary, Alberta
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Breast augmentation is consistently the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S.; more than 286,000 were performed last year. For women interested in implants, traditional silicone and saline devices were the only option available to women…until now.
By Reza Mirali, MD--Annandale, Va.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day USA, was created to raise awareness and educate women about her breast reconstruction options post-mastectomy (after removal of breast for cancer). Not only are there are multiple breast reconstruction options, but these options can be tailored to each patient’s particular cancer type, body shape and personal preference.
By Dr. Anu Bajaj--Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Breast reconstruction may not be the right option for every woman, but for many, it is a life-changing procedure. The mission of BRA Day is to “develop and advance an internationally recognized day that promotes awareness and access to post-cancer breast reconstruction surgery."
By Dr. Melissa Crosby, Houston, Texas
Friday, July 20, 2012
Understanding your reconstructive options when you are considering or have had a partial mastectomy (or lumpectomy) is important. Partial mastectomy and lumpectomy are considered “breast-sparing surgery” or “breast conservation surgery” because there is an attempt to save as much healthy breast tissue as possible while removing the breast cancer.