Mastectomy and Breast reconstruction

Mastectomy is an extremely difficult time to go through, carrying mixed emotions of how life will be when this complicated procedure is finished. This can be found by either going through early testing via genetic screening or requesting a test after finding a lump. But, thanks to the evolution in science and the continuous positivity and hard work of cancer researcher’s, reconstructive breast surgery is now possible. This provides the confidence back to women who have gone or are going through the mastectomy procedure.
 
Procedure before undergoing breast reconstruction:
Mastectomy procedures are performed in several ways, depending on the severity of cancer. According to CTCA (cancercenter.com), some of these procedures include:
– Partial (Segmental) Mastectomy, also known as quadrantectomy is a procedure which involves removing part of the breast containing the tumor as well as some healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.
– Total (Simple) Mastectomy, involving removal of the whole breast, where some lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed.
– Modified Radical Mastectomy is a procedure that involves removing of the whole breast, some lymph nodes and often lining of the chest muscles.
– Radical Mastectomy is used if cancel has spread to the chest muscles and involves removal of whole breast, all lymph nodes and the chest walls muscles under the breast.
 
The above centre specializes in treatment of women suffering from breast cancer, providing them with additional support via therapies such as boosting the immune system and reducing pain.
Breast cancer sufferers are not often aware of the support they have or have the knowledge on how to cope with this type of cancer. According to the breastcancer.org, year 2011 had more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in U.S. Women need to understand the causes of breast cancer leading towards breast reconstruction and also be aware of the support that is around them. Forums such as breasthealthonline.org offer professional and personal advice to anyone looking for information, where the advice comes from not only women from the hospital profession, but also women who are or have suffered from this life threatening disease.
 
It is important to note that reconstruction procedure varies from person to person. Depending on the expansion of cancer, some women may need to go through radiation after the mastectomy. In this case, it would be wise to discuss this option with a breast reconstruction specialist/surgeon as well as an oncologist. Breast reconstruction is an option for women who have lost a breast due to cancer or other condition. Centers such as cancer.org provide their assistance and support to women going through the cancer treatment, educating them on how to cope through the pressure and normalize their lives. Information such as how to make treatment decisions, how to cope with its side effects and handling financial matters can provide patients with the support that they need. Another well know centre is John Hopkins Breast Center, offering oncology services for breast surgery with state-of-the-art reconstructive breast surgery.
 
Some of the methods of Oncoplastic and breast reconstructive surgery includes Saline breast implants, which is a procedure that involves placing a tissue expander beneath the chest before inserting implants into the breast and Muscle flap reconstruction which involves using woman’s own tissue whether from back, stomach or buttocks to rebuild same silhouette of the as before. There is also an option available to recreate the nipple and areola area.

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