Australia’s rate of breast reconstruction is one of the lowest in the Western world. One of the main reasons is that many women are not informed about their options by their surgeons in a timely way. Thankfully this is starting to change as a new wave of surgeons seeks to shift the focus of breast surgery away from simply removing the cancer, to recognising that offering breast reconstruction should be an integral part of the treatment pathway, and has a vital part to play in many women’s quality of life post-mastectomy.
Reclaim Your Curves recently spoke to President of BreastSurgANZ, and oncology surgeon at Sydney’s Mater Hospital, A/Prof Andrew Spillane and his research colleague, Kathy Flitcroft PhD, about the reasons for their hospital’s unusually high reconstruction rate and their efforts to break down the barriers to reconstruction.
Jane Goodwin-Moore is a writer and consumer. She interviews Australian health professionals about their role and thoughts on breast reconstruction in Australia