Monday, January 5, 2009

Breast Cancer Patients Have Other Choices-They're Just Not Offered

New York Times journalist Natasha Singer has written another important article regarding breast implants, Some Hidden Choices in Breast Reconstruction. This time, she explores alternative choices to breast implants for reconstruction patients. Too often, these non-implant choices are not offered or even mentioned to patients.

"But even as promising new operations are gaining traction at academic medical centers, plastic surgeons often fail to tell patients about them. One reason is that not all surgeons have trained to perform the latest procedures. Another reason is money: some complex surgeries are less profitable for doctors and hospitals, so they have less incentive to offer them, doctors say."

It seems tragic that profits are preventing women from having all the choices they deserve when it comes to reconstructing their breasts.

Read more of this New York Times article.