ASPS president Malcolm Z. Roth says, "We are going to provide information in a way that's never been done before on this level, a group of breast reconstruction patients will show a group of breast cancer patients what their reconstruction choices look like. This is something that until now has been a taboo topic, and we want to give these women a forum to get the information they need."
A lot of breast cancer patient organizations say that women wants to go more than just seeing before and after images. They want to see the real actual results of breast surgery reconstruction procedures in person. They want to see it live. More than the images can provide, patients can discuss some real issues with the cancer survivors who had undergone the procedure.
Dr. Roth says, "It is our job as doctors to fully inform our patients about breast reconstruction options, Women are telling us that they want to actually see what reconstruction results would look like beforehand, and as their physicians we need to do everything we can to honor their request."
The survey had these results. 23% of women are aware of the wide range of breast reconstruction options that are available. 22% of women are familiar with the quality of results. 19% of women have an understanding about the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction can affect their options and results.
Dr. Frank DellaCroce, MD a member of ASPS believes that surgeons have an important role in the lives of breast cancer patient’s helpers or caregivers. He says, "I see a great number of patients who come in and say ‘I wish I'd known about certain reconstruction options beforehand. I wish I could turn back the clock.' But the problem is you can't turn back the clock."
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