Breast Reconstruction Information/Resour
It is so very difficult for women to make decisions about breast reconstruction. Should I even have reconstruction? If so, what kind? What are the risks and benefits and realities of this major surgery? This would never be an easy choice, but it is much more difficult since it usually must be made in the midst of the first days after a diagnosis of breast cancer--not exactly a moment when any of us are doing are best thinking.
From the Cancer Support Community comes a marvelous resource guide to help with this decision. Here is the information and a link to receive a copy:
The Cancer Support Community Launches
Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction
Washington, DC (February 1, 2011) - The Cancer Support Community (CSC) conducted a survey of 762 women with breast cancer who were eligible for breast reconstruction and found that 43 percent of patients do not receive information about breast reconstruction options when making treatment decisions at diagnosis. Findings also suggested that a credible, accessible and validated single resource for patients on the topic of breast reconstruction is not available. To address this need the CSC launched Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction on January 30th, in partnership with its affiliate in Westlake Village, CA, The Wellness Community-Valley/Ventura.
Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction streamlines information about breast reconstruction - emphasizing up-front education and tools for decision making. The national program encourages women to speak openly with their physicians about whether reconstruction is right for them and includes:
75 free, community-based patient education workshops scheduled to take place throughout the U.S. in 2011 and 2012
A comprehensive patient education resource guide developed to educate breast cancer patients eligible for reconstruction and empower them to make the best personal decision
Multimedia education tools and online web content to engage women in knowledgeable discussions around breast reconstruction