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Archive for September, 2010

Breast reconstruction in Los Angeles

Friday, September 24th, 2010

A recent survey  of  women with breast cancer found that 43% of the patients who were eligible for reconstruction did not receive information about their reconstructive options when making decisions at diagnosis.    This is an alarmingly low number!  Many patients are not aware that  a federal law signed into effect by President Bill Clinton mandates that breast reconstruction be covered by insurance companies.  this means that even if a women does not opt for reconstruction at the time of her mastectomy she has the option at any time later-  even years later.  This law also covers the opposite breast -  this means that the breast not involved with cancer can be reduced, lifted and even augmented to achieve symmetry between the two breasts.  God built women with two breasts and we need to get the word out that even if a woman suffers through cancer treatment she can again have the opportunity to have two breasts !