Reconstructive Surgery and Breast Cancer
Dealing with a breast
cancer diagnosis is a frightening and heartbreaking situation.
For patients the thought of losing one or both breasts and
possibly being disfigured for life is devastating.
Once a breast
cancer diagnosis has been confirmed it is important
to have a plastic surgeon involved prior to any treatments.
Involving a plastic surgeon before a lumpectomy
may have a positive affect on the reconstructive
surgery. Patients should know all their options
before they opt to have treatments or surgery for breast
cancer. It is important for patients with breast
cancer to have their health issues, emotional issues and
aesthetic issues dealt with.
The best reconstructive
breast surgery options will depend on the type of cancer,
the type of treatment
and the physical appearance of your breasts. The timing
of your breast reconstruction should be discussed with your
plastic surgeon. There is immediate
reconstruction which happens during the same time the
mastectomy does. This can work well for some patients because
the general surgeon and the plastic surgeon can work together
to limit the amount of permanent scarring on the breasts.
Some breast cancer patients like this option because they
can resume back to life sooner feeling whole again after
breast reconstruction surgery. Immediate breast reconstruction
is not an option for every patient so these specific options
need to be discussed with your surgeons.
In some cases where immediate reconstructive breast surgery
is not the best plan, patients have delayed
breast reconstruction. This reconstructive breast surgery
occurs after the lumpectomy or mastectomy and after breast
cancer treatments have been completed. Because some
patients require several breast reconstructive surgeries
delayed reconstructive surgery is a good choice.
Whatever the options, breast reconstruction should
be done with each patient's specific needs in mind
and a surgery or surgeries that will give them the best
overall result for their body type. Luckily, there are many
treatment options and reconstructive options that help patients
survive breast cancer.
Dr. Corbin chooses reconstructive
breast surgery that will give each patient the best
results. He has been performing breast reconstructive
surgery for over 20 years and has seen the reconstructive
techniques improve. Currently Dr. Corbin uses newer reconstructive
techniques like the skin-
sparing mastectomy. Generally this is done with the
immediate reconstruction patients, but it may not be the
best option for everyone.
In addition to immediate breast reconstruction and skin-sparing
surgery, Dr. Corbin performs tram
flap reconstructions, tissue expansion with breast
implants and nipple
reconstruction. If a patient is not a candidate for
a tram flap they may consider tissue expansion followed
by the placement of breast
implants. Breast cancer patients qualify for silicone
breast implants under the FDA's strict guidelines.
It is the patient's choice on the type of breast implants
implants they would like Dr. Corbin to use. Generally, for
breast cancer reconstructive patients Dr. Corbin prefers
Silicone implants instead of Saline implants.
After mastectomies and cancer treatments most patients are
left with little to no breast tissue. The silicone
gel breast implants tend to give the patient a more
natural looking a feeling breast. Silicone
breast implants tend to ripple less than the saline
"After a breast
cancer patient has made to the reconstructive stage
of the disease, I feel it is my job to give my patients
the best surgery results possible. Breast cancer is such
a devastating disease emotionally for women and men to endure.
I am grateful to have the ability to help breast
cancer survivors heal both their emotional and physical
scars with reconstructive surgery. As an advocate
for my patients I take my experience, knowledge and responsibility
as a plastic surgeon very
seriously and my surgical recommendations are based on this."
III invasive Breast Cancer survivor Lisa, choose silicone
breast implants for her breast reconstruction with Dr. Corbin
recently. She had the option of silicone
implants or saline
implants. Lisa states, "I had a mastectomy on my
left breast and went through 3 months of Chemotherapy.
My hair was gone. My sense of self was forever altered.
I was bald. My breast was gone. The loss of a breast is
an extremely difficult experience for a woman to go through.
Mind, body and spirit do not go unscathed. I remember thinking
a lot during my treatments." Lisa finds it interesting
that a cancer patient whose immune system may be compromised
can put silicone in her body and a healthy woman may not
qualify for silicone breast implants."
According to their criteria, the FDA
will allow doctors to put silicone implants in patients
with a potentially deadly disease, Breast Cancer. The patient
asks, "If silicone implants are safe for breast cancer
patients like me why don't all women have the right to choose
them for the best surgery results? I feel fortunate
I had the choice of implants so I could get the prettiest
and most natural breasts possible."
Lisa says," I walked through the fire, the smoke
and the darkness of breast cancer and I came out on the
other side. Dr. Corbin with his healing hands helped
me jump over the last of those burning coals. Dr. Corbin
made me beautiful. He did a beautiful reconstructive surgery
using new silicone implants on both breasts and matching
them perfectly. Dr.
Corbin works miracles. I believe the results
of my breast reconstruction are so great because he re-
arranged his schedule and took his time so he could get
it just right. It took him almost all day. I am not aware
of many plastic surgeons who would do this. That speaks
volumes about him doesn't it?"
We recommend patients seek more than one opinion before
proceeding with breast reconstruction so they may educate
themselves on their choices and find the right surgeons
and surgery for their individual needs.
Hello from all of us at Dr. Corbin's
office. For over fifteen years this pink ribbon has been
the international symbol of breast
cancer awareness that represents hope for prevention and a
cure. Pink ribbons spread awareness of Breast Cancer and are used
to raise money to fund research that will lead to a cure.
The pink ribbon signifies the progress women have made towards
quality research and increased survival rates affecting improved
quality of life for women and men.
October is known internationally as Breast Cancer Month. It is
a time when people across the world come together to recognize
the impact of breast
cancer on its community.
Although you can't control risk factors such as your age, sex
or family history, you can make some simple lifestyle choices
to help reduce your risk of breast cancer. If you ever do develop
breast cancer, good overall health may help you achieve a successful
outcome. Here are some positive steps you can take today:
Determine your risk.
If you are at high risk for breast
cancer because of a family history or other risk factors.
Have a breast exam.
If you are 2039 years old, have a clinical breast exam
every three years, and also perform a monthly breast self-exam.
If you are over 40, have an annual mammogram and a breast exam
by a doctor or nurse.
- Avoid postmenopausal hormones.
Do not take hormone therapy, unless your doctor and you both decide
that the benefits outweigh the risks for you.
Control your weight.
Avoid weight gain, particularly after menopause.
Limit alcohol Consumption.
If you drink alcohol daily, speak with your doctor about reducing
consumption and whether would reduce your risks and improve
your overall health.
For the month of October, we offer a complimentary breast exam
to our patients with our Nurse Marilyn. Patients are encouraged
to call the office to book their personal exam. We also offer
a demonstration to show you how to do self exams.
Early Detection is a key factor in breast
cancer. Do your self exams. Early detection is the best chance
for a long life. If you notice anything strange see your doctor,
We would also like to honor all of our patients who are
fighting breast cancer and or who have survived it. We are proud
of your strength and courage and we support and salute you.
To read a courageous story of a breast
cancer survivor go to www.TheBreastExpert.com.
Our featured patient of the
month for October is Lisa who shares her heartfelt experience
with loosing a breast and life after breast cancer and Breast
Dr. Corbin is being featured on a television show called "
The Worlds Greatest Plastic Surgeon". The show is centered
on Dr. Corbin's surgical expertise, his patients, his charitable
contributions worldwide and his devotion to excellence and caring
in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.
We will keep you posted on the air dates, times and channels.
Thanks for being one of our patients we value your friendship
always. From all of us at Dr. Corbin's office have a healthy and
Early Detection helps saves lives, with breast
reconstruction, Dr. Corbin helps put lives back together.
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