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A Staggering 7 Out of 10 Women Facing Breast Cancer Are Never Told of Their Options
Date:9/24/2009

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recently published report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) there was a 39% increase in breast reconstruction procedures in 2008 over 2007, yet a staggering 70% of breast cancer patients who are eligible for the procedure are not informed of the reconstructive options available to them.

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Dr. Frank DellaCroce, FACS and Dr. Scott Sullivan, FACS, of the St. Charles Surgical Hospital, the only hospital in the world dedicated to breast reconstruction for women facing cancer, have seen first-hand the pain and fear on the faces of women who must make one of the most difficult decisions of their lives. "Many doctors do not tell their patients about the full spectrum of options simply because they may not be familiar with them," states Dr. Sullivan. "Immediate reconstruction is one of the most gratifying options for women, as they don't ever face the disfiguring mastectomy scar. When they wake up from surgery they have a new and often improved breast, and most importantly they maintain their sense of wholeness." Immediate reconstruction is done at the same time as mastectomy. Another advantage to having immediate reconstruction is that the chest tissues are undamaged by radiation therapy or scarring. This often means that the final result looks better. Also, immediate reconstruction means one less surgery. Doctors DellaCroce and Sullivan are the first Plastic Surgeons in the world to report a 100% success rate with immediate reconstruction,
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