The combination of cosmetic and oncological treatments gives options to women with breast cancer.
Long established as an approach to breast cancer surgery in Europe and the US, oncoplastic surgery is making inroads into the Australian hospital landscape.The approach sees standard plastic surgery come together with breast cancer surgery.The combination of cosmetic and oncological treatments is giving women more options for dealing with the prospect of losing part or both of their breasts. Using an oncoplastics approach, a surgeon might, for example, plan a breast reduction in such a way so as to remove the tissue containing the cancer and do a breast reduction at the same time. Or, she might take out a cancer and do a breast lift as part of the same procedure.The long-term result is a body aesthetic that is pleasing and, for many women, more so than what they had before. Dr Elisabeth Elder is one of the breast cancer surgeons bringing this approach to Macquarie University Hospital as part of the hospital’s significant new undertaking: the Macquarie University Cancer Institute.
I had an opportunity to chat on ABC radio Central Coast with plastic surgeon Dr Pouria Moradi about breast reconstruction.
The presenter Scott Levi and his producer Caroline Perryman are keen to support my quest in making information about breast reconstruction more accessible.
They are especially keen to spread the word about the BCNA which of course we all know is a fabulous resource and support for us all.