Breast Reconstruction & Breast Cancer Information
American Society of Plastic Surgeons – What is Breast Reconstruction?
American Cancer Society – A wide range of cancer topics, support, events and information.
Dr. C’s Blog Spot – Information from a micro-surgeon on breast reconstruction.
Breastcancer.org – Symptoms, treatment, diagnosis and more.
Breast Reconstruction Awareness – Closing the loop on breast cancer; Education, awareness, BRA day
Cancer Harbors is an online service with human interaction designed to address lingering symptoms, anxiety and physical, emotional and social changes experienced by cancer survivors after treatment is complete. It provides a full year of professional guidance, skill-building and coaching through videoconferencing and discussion with a knowledgeable, qualified cancer recovery coach, and illustrated, video-enhanced learning materials to provide additional support beyond the treatment period. It can also be given as a gift from friends, family, or caregivers who want to extend their support through the early recovery process.
DiepCFoundation.org – A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing education and resources to empower women and men with information to make an informed decision about options for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.
Nadia Strong: Beautiful Beyond Breast Cancer – A non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing free photo shoots for breast cancer patients empowering them during and after treatment.
DiepCJourney – Closed/Private Facebook group
The purpose of the group is to provide evidence based breast reconstruction articles and support for those considering or currently going through breast reconstruction.
~ Founder/Administrator: Terri Coutee
FORCE – Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered: For those affected by hereditary cancer
The Male Breast Cancer Coalition – Raising Awareness of Male Breast Cancer
Young Survival Coalition – Young Women Facing Breast Cancer Together
V 4 Victory Foundation – A non-profit organization built for survivors by survivors
We understand cancer and its treatment can affect lives in many ways. Our mission is to lessen the burden of post-operative drain care so cancer patients can focus on healing and moving on in their treatment. We hope to ease the struggle of post-operative drain care by providing a surgical cancer patient a “Victory Pouch”. We will also encourage and support survivors through the power of knowledge and community via social media.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer: To connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
Breast Cancer Freebies – Free Items and Resources for breast cancer patients
PRMA (Plastic and Reconstructive Micro-surgical Associates) – Information, blogs, patient stories… a wealth of information from a world class Breast Reconstruction Practice
Beyond the Pink Moon – Closed/Private Facebook group
This closed group provides an active forum for discussion for those whose lives have been touched by breast and ovarian cancer, as well as genetic mutations increasing cancer risk, including BRCA1 and 2.
~Founder/Administrator: Nicki Boscia Durlester
BRCA 101 & 102 – Closed/Private Facebook group
The primary purpose of this journal club is to foster empowering knowledge & respectful discussion via scientific studies / noteworthy articles pertaining to the entire high risk population of women & men within the HBOC community.
~Founder/Administrator: Lisa M Guzzardi, RN
Leading Cancer Centers in the U.S.
Dana Farber/Brigham and Womens Cancer Institute – Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers
MD Anderson Cancer Center – Nellie B. Connally Breast Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Making the Most of Your First Appointment with Your Oncologist
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance – Seattle, Washington
University of California San Fransisco – Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
Travel Assistance for Medical Procedures and Breast Reconstruction Patients
AiRS Foundation – Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Foundation
Hope Lodge: A place to stay during treatment if you have to travel.
Important Certifications for Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Where to go to find a board certified plastic surgeon
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery – Where to go to find a board certified micro surgeon
An important note: If a micro-surgeon you are looking for is not listed, please contact the organization at this number: 312.456.9579. They can verify if a micro-surgeon you are researching is a member. Some are not listed publicly on this site.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeons By Region
A note: Most but not all of these physicians perform flap surgeries. It is imperative that these questions are addressed with any plastic surgeon and center they are affiliated with no matter what reconstruction choice you make:
- How many procedures have they performed?
- What is their success rate?
- Do they work with a team and how long have they worked with this team? The shared expertise is a factor as well as minimizing time for the patient and surgeon in surgery.
- If they work with a team, is the team member also a microsurgeon or fully trained in all aspects of microsurgery to fully assist if a DIEP flap is performed?
- What are their credentials? Are they ASPS or ASRM certified?
- Do they have before and after photos?
- Can they refer me to other patients who have been to them so I can speak to them about their experience?
- What aesthetic outcomes can I expect based on my individual health history and case?
- What type of insurance carriers do they take?
- Will they accept insurance from out of state? These laws are tightening and it is a good question to ask as many patients travel across state lines to find the most qualified surgeon.
- Do they balance bill?
Due to shrinking insurance reimbursements to physicians some DIEP surgeons set their fee and ask the patient to pay the remaining amount that the insurance company will not cover (ie the difference between the doctor’s fee and the Allowable). This is known as “balance billing”. This can add 10’s of thousands of dollars to the patient’s final bill and is in addition to the out-of-pocket expenses described above. PRMA does NOT balance bill.
~as referenced from PRMA website
U.S. Breast Reconstruction Surgeons
Dr. Karen M. Horton – Dr. Karen Horton San Fransisco Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Rudolf Buntic – San Fransisco: California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
District of Columbia, Washington
Dr. Clark Schierle – Northwest Specialist in Plastic Surgery
Dr. Samuel J. Lin, MD – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Robert J. Allen – pioneer of the muscle sparing DIEP/SIEA/S-GAP/I-GAP perforator flaps
Dr. Scott Hollenbeck – Associate Professor of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine
Drs. Ergun Kocak & Pankaj Tiwari – Midwest Breast and Aesthetic Surgery
Drs. Craigie and Kline, Charleston – The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction
PRMA Plastic Surgery – Plastic Reconstructive Micro surgical Associates
PRMA Plastic Surgeons –
- Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo – Surgeon who performed my DIEP flap surgery
- Dr. Peter Ledoux
- Dr. Steven Pisano
- Dr. Chet Nastala
- Dr. Gary Arishta
- Dr. Oscar Ochoa
- Dr. Ramon Garza III
Dr. Peter Neligan – University of Washington Medical Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
International Breast Reconstruction Surgeons
Dr. Olivier Branford – Queen Victoria Hospital
References made to my surgical group, surgeon and healthcare team are made because they are aligned with my values and met my criterion after I did research of their practices and success rates. Any other healthcare provider that displays the same skill, compassion education and outreach to patients will be given consideration and recognition on this website.