ANCHOR LEAD: MANY WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER AREN’T ADVISED OF THEIR RECONSTRUCTION OPTIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Imagine receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer but not being told of your options regarding breast reconstruction. The lack of information may compromise your decisions, yet for thousands of women each year, that’s exactly what happens. Gedge Rosson, chief of breast reconstruction at Johns Hopkins, speculates on why.
RROSSON: We think for a lot of physicians and surgeons in the community it just interferes with their scheduling and their referral patterns when they do try to send patients for breast reconstruction. Only in breast centers at major institutions where the processes are already set up for that to happen automatically, its easy in those centers and its hard outside, so I think people fall into the pattern of not referring their patients. :29
Rosson recommends that women with breast cancer seek a center where a comprehensive plan can be developed. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.