Getting the Word Out About Reconstruction After Breast Cancer
April 27, 2011 – A 2007 study of breast cancer patients showed that fewer than 30 percent underwent reconstruction after mastectomy. The number was even smaller for women undergoing lumpectomy. In this Cancer Connection podcast, Siteman Cancer Center plastic and reconstructive surgeon Terence Myckatyn, MD, discusses what women need to know about reconstructive surgery after breast cancer, including the fact that federal law requires insurance companies to cover expenses related to reconstructive procedures. Myckatyn also discusses the importance of looking at a variety of factors to determine which reconstructive or conservation procedure is best for each woman.