DETROIT – BRA Day may not exactly be what you’re thinking.
“BRA” is for Breast Reconstruction Awareness, a day during Breast Cancer Awareness Month designated to educate women about the surgical reconstruction options available to breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy or lumpectomy.
In recognition BRA Day, the Henry Ford Cancer Institute will host two free breast reconstruction seminars:
- 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Demonstration Kitchen at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, located at 6777 W. Maple Rd.
- 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Gilmour Center at Henry Ford Office Building, located at 1 Ford Place in Detroit.
“Not every woman who undergoes mastectomy or lumpectomy for the treatment of breast cancer will want to have breast reconstruction surgery – but every women is legally entitled to be informed of her reconstruction options,” says Dunya Atisha, M.D., director of breast reconstruction and microvascular surgery at Henry Ford.
Building awareness around breast reconstruction options is the driving force behind BRA Day, created by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation.
Federal law now mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for all breast cancer patients, even if such reconstruction is delayed until after other treatments. Under this law, all women who are candidates for breast reconstruction should be made aware of the options available to them in a safe and timely manner.
Henry Ford’s BRA Day seminars will feature presentations from Henry Ford plastic surgeons Dunya Atisha, M.D., Vigen Darian, M.D., Donna Tepper, M.D., and Doreen Ganos, M.D., about the various breast reconstructive options available for lumpectomy and mastectomy, including reconstruction at the same time as breast cancer surgery.
The seminar will also include a panel discussion with Henry Ford breast cancer patients, who will detail their experience and decision to undergoing reconstructive surgery, as well as answer questions from the audience.
The seminars are free, but registration is required at www.henryford.com/breasthealth.
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