In our last breast reconstruction blog, we discussed reconstruction options and how looking great after breast cancer shouldn’t be too much to ask. Unfortunately, many women don’t even know their options for breast reconstruction. However, on October 17th, 2012, we will celebrate National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day, to encourage breast reconstruction education, awareness, and access. BRA Day, launched first in Canada in 2011, is now nationally observed each year on the third Wednesday of October (also breast cancer awareness month).
According to the BRA Day website, as many as 7 out of 10 women do not know their breast reconstruction options after mastectomy, or breast cancer removal surgery. Dr. David Whiteman performs various types of breast reconstruction to restore a woman’s breast(s) dependent upon her specific circumstances and preferences. Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed at the same time as mastectomy (immediate breast reconstruction) or delayed for months or years after the cancer is removed.
If there is an adequate amount of breast tissue remaining after cancer removal, breast implants may be used to provide natural-looking volume enhancement. If there’s not enough tissue to support a breast implant, a tissue expander can be used to make room for the implant. However, Dr. Whiteman can also use techniques to create new breast(s) with the patient’s own skin, fat, and muscle.
Dr. Whiteman knows the importance breast reconstruction plays in the breast cancer healing journey, and he wants to help ensure women know their options. He also understands that connecting with other women going through breast cancer treatment and reconstruction can help. Therefore, he created a support group for his patients called the Buddy System. He also founded a business directory, called Life After the Fight, to promote breast cancer survivors’ professional ventures.
For more information about breast reconstruction and other plastic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman performs, visit his website. Be sure to also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for BRA Day updates and other plastic surgery news.