For women who undergo a mastectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment plan, treating their cancer is not just about eradicating the tumor, it’s also about restoring the “whole”. Reconstructing and restoring their breasts to their pre-cancer appearance is an integral part of their recovery.
Approximately 70% of women who undergo a mastectomy are not aware of their rights in regards to insurance coverage or the constantly evolving, ever-improving reconstructive options that make beautiful reconstruction possible.
Reconstruction is not about vanity. For many women, the absence of breasts is a sobering, daily reminder of their cancer. Looking in the mirror and not feeling whole, or like a woman, impacts their self-esteem, their confidence, their sexuality and their ability to move forward post-treatment, post-cancer.
Discuss your reconstruction options with your plastic surgeon. Look within yourself, how important is reconstruction to your feelings about femininity and “self”? Only you can decide what is best for you.