Difficult Decisions: Breast Reconstruction
After a breast cancer diagnosis, you have many decisions to make, several of which come fast and furious. One of those complex choices may be breast reconstruction--if you want to have it, when you may want to have it, and what kind of reconstruction is best for you.
During this program our expert, Clara N. Lee, MD, MPP, associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, will offer insight into what your doctor should understand about your health and lifestyle to provide you the information and support you need to make the best decision. She will discuss the differences between reconstructive surgeries and what different reconstruction choices may mean down the road.
Hear from a panel of people like you about their own reconstruction decisions, their stories, and the impact their reconstruction choice has made on their lives.
For answers to additional breast reconstruction questions that were not covered during the live program, vist our Ask the Expert page.
Clara N. Lee, MD, MPP
Clara N. Lee, MD, MPP, is associate professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is also an associate professor, by courtesy appointment, of health services management and policy in the university’s college of public health. Read more.
Susan DiPronio lives in Philadelphia where she founded Pink Hanger Presents, which is dedicated to giving voice to the unique life experiences of women. She is a published writer of poems, plays and essays and a photographer. Read more.
Kimberly Parker has lived with metastatic breast cancer for 8 years. She is a retired federal police officer and navy veteran. She has three daughters and has recently become a grandma. Read more.
Megan Rutt was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer 5 years ago. She had chemotherapy and a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. She has tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation. Read more.
Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP
Jean Sachs, Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s chief executive officer, joined the organization in 1996 and under her leadership LBBC has grown into a nationally known resource for information and understanding for women, men and families affected by breast cancer. Read more.