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Each October, pink ribbons come out of the woodwork, but women at high risk for breast cancer, those living with breast cancer and the doctors who treat them – including reconstructive plastic surgeons – think pink all year long.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and serves as a good time to reflect on advances in treating breast cancer over the past year.
There have also been some major innovations in breast reconstruction techniques and technologies in 2018 including a movement to save the breast, when possible, says Margaret S. Roubaud, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Growing numbers of ‘oncoplasti
Today the choices facing women with a diagnosis of breast cancer are numerous, however, not all women are being made aware of their options by their physicians. Major strides in breast reconstruction techniques have been made over the past decade so many women can be spared the long scars, prolonged recovery, staged procedures, and impact on their self esteem.
The two main considerations women have regarding breast reconstruction are when to have surgery (immediate or delayed) and what surgery to have done (autologous flap, fat grafting, tissue expander and/or shaped or round implants). One of the biggest advances has been the increase in the nipple sparing mastectomy technique.
Gregory R.D. Evans, MD, is just winding up his term as the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a group that represents more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Under his charge, the ASPS made significant strides in their campaign to promote awareness about breast reconstruction options following mastectomy—a subject that means a great deal to Evans.
The Chief of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of California at Irvine, Evans is widely sought after for cancer reconstruction procedures including free-flap tissue transfer for head, neck and breast. He also specializes in the full spectrum of