The road to reconstruction. When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it is not just a series of words that are in some way connected to the body she calls hers; it is a journey. Unfortunately, it is a journey that she has not chosen, but that will subject her to appointments, to operations, to invasive questions, and to a complete change from the self she recognized. Our breast reconstruction team aims to change that experience. Our team has developed excellent relationships with general surgeons as part of our regional breast reconstruction program at Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH), so … Continue reading
My eyesight is perfect, but sometimes I see blurry lines. I don’t mean the lines of newsprint in my newspaper, or the lines in the plastic surgery journals that I read. I mean the lines between boundaries that separate the sub-disciplines of plastic surgery. I mean the lines between what we think we believe, to be true, and reality as others around us see it.
Last week at the White Party, a fashion show fundraising event for my hospital’s breast reconstruction program, I ran into a former cosmetic breast augmentation patient of mine. She is a beautiful, talented, young and … Continue reading
At The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, breast reconstruction is central to our practice. Our dedication doesn’t stop at being highly-skilled practitioners and having a passion for what we do: in order to advance the level of care available to patients in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and London communities, we have committed ourselves to raising awareness and funding for the breast reconstruction program at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. You can learn more about our Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day efforts here. Part of raising awareness includes educating patients on their breast reconstruction options. Many lumpectomy or mastectomy patients are unaware of their options … Continue reading
Have you heard of the Angelina Jolie Effect? It’s a term coined by scientific researchers who discovered that women’s awareness about breast cancer and their options for breast reconstruction increased after Angelina opted for a preventative double mastectomy. You see, Angelina carries the BRCA1 gene mutation which increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer to nearly 100% over the course of her lifetime. You can read more about this here. At the Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, breast reconstruction awareness is a cause near and dear to our hearts. With Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on October 24th, 2015, we hope … Continue reading
Cancer is a cruel and selfish beast. Each year it claims far too many and gives even more the fight of their lives. Breast cancer results in thousands of mastectomies performed each year in Canada. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that one in nine Canadian women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. While most Canadians are all too familiar with breast cancer, there are still a number of myths and misconceptions surrounding breast reconstruction surgery. Myth #1: Breast reconstruction should only take place long after a mastectomy is done. Breast reconstruction can often be performed during the same … Continue reading