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Cancer Support Community in Collaboration with the Center for Breast Health at Washington Hospital Center Hosts Free Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction Workshop on Thursday, November 10
Date:11/10/2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Support Community in collaboration with Center for Breast Health at Washington Hospital Center is proud to host a workshop from the popular Frankly Speaking About Cancer national cancer education series. The workshop will address the topic of breast reconstruction options, featuring Washington Hospital Center plastic surgeon Susan E. Otero, MD, and a panel of breast cancer survivors. The event is free and open to breast cancer patients, their family and friends. It will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Washington Hospital Center located at 110 Irving St, Northwest, Washington, DC 20010.

According to a recent Cancer Support Community survey of 762 women with breast cancer who were eligible for breast reconstruction, 43 percent of patients do not receive information about reconstruction options when making treatment decisions at diagnosis.

"We are pleased to make this workshop available to our community to help ensure that women affected by breast cancer have access to the most up-to-date information about their reconstruction options following a cancer diagnosis, and the emotional and social support they need to manage the experience," said Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO of the Cancer Support Community.

Workshop attendees will receive an educational booklet, hear from a board certified plastic surgeon and have the unique opportunity to meet and connect with one another.  Additionally, a panel of breast cancer survivors will share its experience with the decision-making process involved in choosing whether or not to have breast reconstruction.

"Many women feel overwhelmed after a diagnosis with breast cancer and feel they need to make a decision quickly," said Susan E. Otero, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon, Washington Hospital Center. "It is important to evaluate all options and this workshop empowers women by providing the
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