"BRA" Day Raises Awareness for Breast Reconstruction

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COLUMBIA - Experts with the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center hoped to raise awareness about breast reconstructive surgery with National BRA Day Wednesday.

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According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. 

Depending on the situation, some women choose to undergo surgery to remove part of the breast tissue or the entire breast. Therefore, patients who choose to have reconstructive surgery need to know what options are available to them.

According to Bradayusa.org, less than a quarter of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available to them.

Now the government has mandated that reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy is considered part of the treatment for breast cancer and therefore will be covered under insurance.

Interim Medical Director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and surgical oncologist, Dr. Paul Dale said the decision women make about reconstruction will affect them in the long run, so they need to be informed.

"Breast cancer is no longer a death sentence, 85 percent of women with breast cancer live a good long life...cancer free. So they have to consider their choices and the decisions they make now might affect them for the rest of their life, such as reconstruction," Dale said.

There are two primary reconstruction methods: implant-based reconstruction or using a patient's own tissue to reconstruct the breast.

Ellis Fischel is the only health care provider in mid-Missouri to offer the non-implant procedure.  During the surgery, the tissue is attached to the blood vessels in the chest using a micro-surgical procedure.

To learn more about Ellis Fischel Cancer Center's breast reconstruction options, call the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at (573) 882-2275.