Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Life After Cancer

POSTED ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2014 AT 5:55 PM  by Dr. Elie Levine

Most of us have been affected in some way by breast cancer, either knowing someone afflicted, being a caregiver, or experiencing the illness ourselves. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to remembering those who courageously fought breast cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. One out of eight women will develop some form of the disease in their lifetime, experiencing both physical and emotional distress. But what happens after breast cancer treatment? Many women are left with asymmetric breasts, or will lose one or both breasts while fighting for their lives. Often times, women will actually request to have the cancer-free breast removed in the hopes of avoiding future cancer scares. Today, with more medical insurance companies covering the procedure and advancements in surgical techniques, breast reconstruction after cancer is becoming a common step in the recovery, helping to improve quality of life and regain a sense of self and survivor confidence. So what does a breast cancer survivor need to know about breast reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction allows you to balance the appearance of your chest after a mastectomy, giving your breasts a more shapely appearance without the use of clothing alone. Plastic surgeons performing breast reconstruction usually offer two techniques, a flap procedure using natural tissue extracted from another area of the body or breast implants. The flap procedure gives breasts a natural appearance and is a great option for many patients. However, the flap technique is a more extensive procedure with a prolonged recovery time and is not for everyone. Whichever procedure you choose, Dr. Elie Levine will work with you to help restore the appearance of your breast, improving the appearance and your quality of life post-mastectomy.  

It’s important to know that breast reconstruction will not reduce the risk of breast cancer reoccurrence, but neither will breast implant nor flap procedures increase your risk of cancer regrowth. These procedures will not interfere if future treatments are needed. Our NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine and Dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, welcome any questions you may have regarding breast reconstruction surgery. Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC will help guide you through the steps during this procedure. Please call our New York office at 212-988-1800, or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.

 

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