Welcome!

News Feed Item

Survivors Have Many Options for Breast Cancer Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction specialist Peter Ashjian, MD brings expertise, experience, and compassion to the Beverly Hills Physicians medical network

LOS ANGELES, March, 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Not every woman will choose or be a good candidate for breast cancer reconstruction following treatment; however, for many, it can be a welcome return to normalcy and preserve femininity. In these cases, Peter Ashjian, MD of Beverly Hills Physicians believes that breast cancer patients should meet with a plastic surgeon while discussing treatment with their oncologist. Through cooperation with the oncologist and recent advances in tissue grafting and breast implants in Beverly Hills, Dr. Ashjian can successfully minimize the number of surgeries a survivor will have to undergo.

Working with Beverly Hills Physicians, Dr. Ashjian can work alongside a patient and their oncologist to determine the most appropriate approach to breast cancer reconstruction. It is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, often depending on the type of cancer treatment performed and a compassion for the patient's wishes. Luckily, insurance will most often cover breast cancer reconstruction, no matter the technique. Below are Dr. Ashjian's techniques and thoughts by treatment method:

Lumpectomy

Also known as breast-conserving therapy, this technique removes only the cancer tumor and "is often combined with radiation therapy," says Dr. Ashjian. Breast reconstruction in these cases is primarily concerned with restoring symmetry to the breasts, which become deformed through removal of tissue.

Dr. Ashjian doesn't recommend implant-based reconstruction here, due to increased risk of complications. Instead, he believes grafting fat from another area of the body is the most appropriate tactic, noting that it "has been proven to be safe and effective even in the breast that has been radiated." He does note that multiple sessions may be required for best results.

Alternatively, a non-cancerous breast may be modified (through a breast lift or breast reduction) to restore balance. These procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis at Beverly Hills Physicians.

Mastectomy

"Breast-conserving therapy is not for everyone, and in some cases a mastectomy can lead to a better cosmetic result when combined with the latest state-of-the-art techniques in breast reconstructive surgery," says Dr. Ashjian. There are two courses of action here: implant-based reconstruction and tissue-based reconstruction.

After the complete removal of one or both breasts, saline or silicone breast implants can restore the shape and volume of the breast. This is the most common choice following a mastectomy. Immediately after the procedure, Dr. Ashjian will place a tissue expander or the implant itself, depending on the patient's suitability. If only one breast was removed, then a breast lift or reduction of the non-cancerous breast may also occur to provide symmetry. The benefits here are better cosmetic results, fewer operations, and "significant psychological benefit if a woman does not have to experience the deformity of a mastectomy without reconstruction."

Women may choose, alternatively, to not have implant-based reconstruction, whether due to personal preferences or physical incompatibility. Here, autologous tissue reconstruction can bring skin and fat from another part of the body to recreate the breast. This technique may be called a TRAM, DIEP, or tummy tuck flap. Dr. Ashjian, most commonly, will remove the same tissue as a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills Physicians' facilities to replace the breast. Like implant-based reconstruction, this "can be performed immediately at the time of the mastectomy or in a delayed fashion, months to years after a mastectomy."

Implant-Related Complications

Unfortunately, women may have issues with their implants following a mastectomy. Dr. Ashjian notes that common problems can include "implant rippling, hardening, bottoming-out, malposition, symmastia (implant too close to the sternum), and rupture." The revision specialists at Beverly Hills Physicians are more than qualified to handle this corrective procedure by performing one of the procedures above, using an acellular dermal matrix, or replacing the implant with the "gummy bear" silicone implants.

Breast Cancer Reconstruction with Beverly Hills Physicians

There are other variables, as well, that need to be discussed with the surgeon. The question of preservation versus reconstruction of the nipple/areola complex (NAC) deserves reflection, for example. Careful planning can also allow Dr. Ashjian to perform some procedures as a single-stage operation.

If you're looking for state-of-the-art breast cancer reconstruction with compassionate board-certified surgeons, give Beverly Hills Physicians a call. They can be reached at 800-788-1416 or through a consultation form at www.beverlyhillsphysicians.com.

PR Submitted by www.Cyberset.com

SOURCE Beverly Hills Physicians

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Ed Featherston has been named the "Tech Chair" of "FinTechEXPO - New York Blockchain Event" of CloudEXPO's 10-Year Anniversary Event which will take place on November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York will present keynotes, general sessions, and more than 20 blockchain sessions by leading FinTech experts.
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
In this presentation, you will learn first hand what works and what doesn't while architecting and deploying OpenStack. Some of the topics will include:- best practices for creating repeatable deployments of OpenStack- multi-site considerations- how to customize OpenStack to integrate with your existing systems and security best practices.
"Peak 10 is a national cloud data center solutions managed services provider, and part of that is disaster recovery. We see a growing trend in the industry where companies are coming to us looking for assistance in their DR strategy," stated Andrew Cole, Director of Solutions Engineering at Peak 10, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The now mainstream platform changes stemming from the first Internet boom brought many changes but didn’t really change the basic relationship between servers and the applications running on them. In fact, that was sort of the point. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Gordon Haff, senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat, will discuss how today’s workloads require a new model and a new platform for development and execution. The platform must handle a wide range of rec...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of ...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Kevin Jackson joined the faculty of CloudEXPO's "10-Year Anniversary Event" which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City. Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert and Founder/Author of the award winning "Cloud Musings" blog. Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as a "Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand" by Onalytica (2015), a Huffington Post "Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter" (2013) and a "Top 50 C...
Rodrigo Coutinho is part of OutSystems' founders' team and currently the Head of Product Design. He provides a cross-functional role where he supports Product Management in defining the positioning and direction of the Agile Platform, while at the same time promoting model-based development and new techniques to deliver applications in the cloud.
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
The revocation of Safe Harbor has radically affected data sovereignty strategy in the cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Jeff Miller, Product Management at Cavirin Systems, discussed how to assess these changes across your own cloud strategy, and how you can mitigate risks previously covered under the agreement.
Digital Initiatives create new ways of conducting business, which drive the need for increasingly advanced security and regulatory compliance challenges with exponentially more damaging consequences. In the BMC and Forbes Insights Survey in 2016, 97% of executives said they expect a rise in data breach attempts in the next 12 months. Sixty percent said operations and security teams have only a general understanding of each other’s requirements, resulting in a “SecOps gap” leaving organizations u...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and Bi...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...