Re-Shaping “The Girls”
Center for Women’s Health Hosts free breast reconstruction program September 7
Joliet, IL (August 19, 2011)— Breast cancer is a devastating disease, affecting more than 254,000 American women each year, according to the American Cancer Society. The emotional and physical results are very different now from what they were in the past. New kinds of treatments as well as improved reconstructive surgery options mean that women who have breast cancer today have better choices.
Reconstructive breast surgery restores the breast's appearance after a mastectomy. Surgery can rebuild the shape of the breast(s) using artificial implants or tissue from other parts of the body. Women choose breast reconstruction for many reasons, including:
- To make their breasts look balanced when they are wearing a bra
- To permanently regain their breast shape
- So they don't have to use a form that fits inside the bra (an external prosthesis)
There are often many options to think about when contemplating breast reconstruction, including when to start any treatment. Immediate breast reconstruction is done at the same time as the mastectomy. An advantage to this is that the chest tissues are not damaged by radiation therapy or scarring, which often means that the final result looks better. Also, immediate reconstruction means less surgery. After the first surgery, there still may be a number of steps that are needed to complete the immediate reconstruction process. If you are planning to have immediate reconstruction, be sure to ask what will need to be done afterward and how long it will take. Delayed breast reconstruction means that the rebuilding is started later. This may be a better choice for some women, depending on their treatment plan or their health status. Certain factors can increase their risks of complications.
“It is so important to have a discussion about reconstructive breast surgery with your doctor and a plastic surgeon before a mastectomy,” says Dr. Roxanne Sylora, plastic and reconstructive surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “The plan is different for every woman and there are many options available depending on a patient’s preferences, size and shape of breasts, details of the cancer diagnosis, and involvement with radiation. These are all important factors when creating the right treatment plan for a patient.”
Learn more about the latest options, the process, and get your questions answered with Dr. Sylora on Wednesday, September 7 during the program- Re-Shaping “The Girls”. The free program will be held at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox from 6:30 to7:30 p.m. Register to attend at www.imatter.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
About Dr. Roxanne L. Sylora
Roxanne Sylora, M.D., graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School, and began general surgery training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. She completed her plastic surgery residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She then completed a breast and aesthetic (cosmetic) fellowship at The Institute for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. She is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a current member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sylora at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, contact her office at (815)412-5477.
About the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health
The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. The Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. The Center is located at 1870 Silver Cross Blvd. Set in a soothing, spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle. The Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available. In addition to digital mammography, the innovative Center offers women diagnostic breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, bone densitometry, and baseline heart screenings. Take a video tour of the Center at www.IMatter.silvercross.org. To schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, call (815) 740-7076. A physician’s order is required. If you don’t have a physician, call the free Silver Cross Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).