Monday, June 25, 2012

Stem Cell Breast Reconstruction

I wanted to share this short video with you... A few reasons; 1. I think this procedure is just amazing. 2. They share some important information regarding who is eligible. and 3. It mentions something important to know ahead of time - to request a skin and nipple sparing mastectomy WHEN & IF your skin is cancer free.

I was not able to have a skin sparing mastectomy, but a lot of women are.  I know sometimes Dr.'s as well as the patient are just so eager to get rid of any chance of cancer that they choose to remove everything.  Often times that is the best choice you have, but sometimes it might not be.  Take time to research your particular situation; tumor size, treatments required, reconstruction options, genetic testing, and talk frankly with your oncologist and surgeon.  More than likely, you have had your cancer for some time and waiting a week or two to take the time to make a decision you will be happy with for the long haul is more important than you can imagine.

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