Navigation Links
Are breast cancer patients being kept in the dark?
Date:7/7/2009

Arlington Heights, Ill. Despite the increase of breast reconstruction procedures performed in 2008, nearly 70 percent of women who are eligible for the procedure are not informed of the reconstructive options available to them, according to a recently published report. Newly released statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows there were more than 79,000 breast reconstruction procedures performed in 2008 a 39 percent increase over 2007. But in spite of this, current research suggests that many breast cancer patients are missing out on a key conversation that should take place at the time of diagnosis.

"Women need to understand all of their options to make an informed decision," said ASPS President John Canady, MD. "Those who are diagnosed should be immediately referred to a full team of physicians that can provide breast care, and plastic surgeons need to be included as part of that treatment team."

Taking the position that every woman deserves the right to choose which, if any reconstruction option is best for her, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is launching an ongoing effort to bring public awareness to breast reconstruction issues, including education, access, and a team approach. Because early involvement by plastic surgeons and other physicians can allow development of an optimum treatment plan for each individual patient, collaboration amongst specialties is essential. As such, ASPS suggests that primary care, general surgery, radiology, pathology, oncology, gynecology, and plastic surgery be available from the onset of treatment to ensure the greatest possible outcome for the patient.

It is also important that patients actively participate in their treatment. Though a common misconception, eligible patients should not assume that anyone other than a board-certified plastic surgeon affiliated with an accredited facility is qualified to perform breast reconstruction. While technology has made breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and reconstruction better than ever, it does not negate the need for medical expertise within each specific area of care.

Among the factors contributing to patient awareness and understanding, specific education regarding the options for breast reconstruction is often lacking. Therefore, in the coming months, ASPS will reach out to women through a variety of materials, ranging from information cards and online videos, to an ad campaign featured online and in the waiting-room publication produced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"We know that there are many issues surrounding breast reconstruction and that addressing them all will take time, but this is a very important first step," said Dr. Canady. "Our goal is to make sure that those women who are not getting breast reconstruction are doing so of their own accord and not because they are uneducated or uninformed about their options."


'/>"/>

Contact: ASPS Public Relations
media@plasticsurgery.org
847-228-9900
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Survival differences by race most apparent in advanced stages of breast cancer
2. MRI finds breast cancer before it becomes dangerous
3. Pathway links inflammation, angiogenesis and breast cancer
4. Drop in breast cancer incidence linked to hormone use, not mammograms
5. Breast cancer prevention practices vary across Canada
6. Eating junk food whilst pregnant and breastfeeding may lead to obese offspring
7. Acrylamide Wont Raise Breast Cancer Risk
8. New link between estrogen and breast cancer
9. Hypnosis Eases Pain of Breast Cancer Surgery
10. Discovery suggests location of genes for breast density, a strong risk factor for breast cancer
11. Longaberger Expands Horizon of Hope Campaign to Build Support for American Cancer Societys Breast Cancer Initiatives
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... International Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne ... Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored ... a once-every-four-years series of events to a personal, daily Health Olympics. “Wouldn’t it ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... ... and efficiency. The principle of First-Defect-Stop for laboratory weighing is designed ... have the chance to have negative consequences on downstream processes. , If a ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... Bobbie Horowitz was hardly ... and multiple health issues. As a cabaret and theater producer, Horowitz would manage to ... source of transportation in New York City, so she had to take a cab ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... , ... METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to host the 3rd Annual Metrology ... symposium will feature speakers from North American National Measurement Institutes (NMI) with a purpose ... planning for the future of the modern lab. , The event is not just ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... ... research, today announces that 30 of its domain experts will present on ... at upcoming industry conferences and webinars. Drawing on broad and deep industry ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/31/2017)... NEW YORK , Aug. 31, 2017 ... the industry,s must-read guide to the latest innovations happening ... the first industry publication to focus on providing a ... advancements. Ultimately, the issue covers the most innovative companies, ... year. "Everyone in ...
(Date:8/29/2017)... Aug. 29, 2017 In a move that ... regulatory compliance for veterinary practices of all sizes, Cubex ... partnership that makes TITAN,s expertise in physical security, drug ... Cubex,s clients nationally. ... handling controlled substances is at risk today," said TITAN ...
(Date:8/28/2017)... Aug. 28, 2017   Aesculight ®, a division of LightScalpel ... surgical lasers. Built on over 20 years of American veterinary laser surgery ... and Exclusive VetScalpel®Features and Enhancements ... DVM, is excising a tumor with his new VetScalpel laser. Dr. Duclos ... WA. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: