Southern Plastic Surgery Patients Help Raise $5600 for Breast Cancer Treatment and Awareness

Without the amazing support from my Atlanta plastic surgery patients and colleagues, I could not do what I do. For that reason, I would like to take this blog to thank the patients (and their families) who purchased tickets for this year’s Pink in the Rink event.  Thanks to the Gwinnett Gladiators and your help, over $5600 was raised for The Sport of Giving 501(c)(3).

Thanks to your assistance, our locally founded, now nationally known, Sport of Giving can continue their mission of raising awareness and funds for women’s cancer treatment centers and prevention initiatives.  In the event you didn’t get to participate in this year’s festivities, make sure you keep an eye on the Southern Plastic Surgery blog to find out about upcoming Sport of Giving events.  If you haven’t already, make sure you connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest breast reconstruction and plastic surgery news.

Thank you again!

Study Linking Younger Breast Cancer Patients to Stopping Treatment Early

A new study released by Columbia University reveals a connection between a patient’s age and the length of time they continue taking their breast cancer chemotherapy medications. The study shows that younger breast cancer patients appear more likely to stop taking their chemotherapy medications before the recommended time period has lapsed. Experts point to the fact that younger women may stop their medication as no outward signs of their illness persist after the first few years of treatment. There is also lifestyle issues associated with the study’s younger cohort:   including the fact that many younger women are also mothers of young children.  This fact often translates to a shift from patients focusing on their own health to focusing on the welfare of their children.

Dr. Whiteman stresses to patients that chemotherapy drugs, just like any other prescribed medication, should be taken as directed. Stopping medications too early can increase the risk of relapse, which can prove incredibly dangerous with such a serious illness.  Dr. Whiteman is a valued member of the breast cancer awareness community in Atlanta: co-founding the breast cancer survivors’ group Life After the Fight and serving as The Sport of Giving’s (an Atlanta-based cancer awareness non-profit) Medical Director.  Dr. Whiteman also devotes his surgical talents to breast cancer patients in performing breast reconstruction surgery for those patients who have lost breast(s) as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

At Southern Plastic Surgery, Dr. Whiteman works with patients of all ages to formulate individual plans for breast reconstruction. Because every patient’s case is different, the utmost care and attention to detail is paid to ensure that health and well being remain intact throughout the cancer treatment, surgery, and healing processes.

If you are interested in breast reconstruction or have questions concerning breast cancer treatment, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We’d be happy to speak with you.

The Sport of Giving’s Founder Sheila Stevens Featured on CW 69’s Focus Atlanta

This past Sunday March 28th, CW 69’S Focus Atlanta featured The Sport of Giving (TSOG) founder Sheila Stevens. Sheila was on the show to discuss The Sport of Giving’s broadened scope and recent switch to take the organization national.

Just this year, The Sport of Giving Board, of which Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery serves as spokesperson and medical director, decided to expand the boundaries of TSOG to help more people than ever! While initially, the organization was founded to raise money and awareness for women with breast cancer, the organization will now work to support ALL women’s cancers. Also part of the change was expanding the organization beyond the local Atlanta area. Seeing the success that TSOG has had in the Georgia community, the board wanted to give other communities a way to make the same positive impact in their own city. Therefore The Sport of Giving developed a template coined “The Sport of Giving in A Box” detailing the steps and work involved in holding a similar TSOG event in another community.

What is special about The Sport of Giving is that, even though the organization is going national, all of the money raised remains local to benefit the respective community in which it was raised. Unlike other national organization, a percentage of money does not go to benefit a national headquarters – but will go directly to the people in the community that worked to raise it!

For more information about TSOG visit www.thesportofgiving.org.