For breast cancer patients who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy, the decision whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery is very personal. However it’s important to be informed no matter what, which is why the third Wednesday of each October is set aside as BRA Day, or Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day.
BRA Day is a concerted effort to showcase the available options for breast cancer patients. With Baptist Health Hardin’s comprehensive Multidisciplinary Breast Program (MDBP), we provide care for each stage of breast cancer treatment, including breast reconstruction.
“Breast reconstruction is a very individualized procedure and we offer complete breast cancer care at Baptist Health Hardin,” said Dr. Ashley Kerekes, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. “I work closely with each patient and the entire MDBP team to determine the best course of action after a mastectomy.”
Federal law mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for all breast cancer patients, even if surgery will be delayed because of other treatments. For women who are candidates for the surgery, breast reconstruction surgery should be offered in a safe and timely manner.
Breast Cancer survivor Faith Bunnell said the collaborative team care at Baptist Health Hardin Cancer Care Center made her feel reassured and valued.
“I went right from my double mastectomy straight into reconstruction. It was all very coordinated and so well planned out,” she said. “The cancer team meets to discuss your treatment, but you still have options. I really appreciated how they kept me so informed throughout the journey.”
Dr. Kerekes said studies show a clear psychological benefit when a patient has reconstructive surgery.
“Breast reconstruction is about improving your quality of life once you’ve been able to get past your cancer,” she said. “Many people don’t even realize that it’s usually covered under their insurance.”
For more information on breast reconstruction, visit https://hardin.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Search/85,P00159 or call Baptist Health Hardin Medical Group Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at 270- 706-1945.