Closing the Loop on Breast Cancer[/caption]
It's a fact: many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not being properly informed of their options.
TheBreast Reconstruction AwarenessCampaign--a collaborative effort between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, plastic surgeons specializing in breast reconstruction, nurse navigators, corporate partners, and breast cancer support groups--hopes to change this.
- Eighty-nine percent of women want to see successful breast reconstruction surgery results before undergoing cancer treatment.
- Less than a quarter (23 percent) of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available.
- Only 22 percent of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can be expected.
- Only 19 percent of women understand that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction greatly impacts their options and results.