New Surgery Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors Cope With Body Image Issues


According to recent statistics, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be logged by the end of this year. Also, nearly 40,610 women are expected to succumb to their illness.

Most of these women will undergo a series of chemotherapy treatment sessions, with or without radiation therapy and surgery. Every case is different, but many women have difficulty coping with their body image as a result of their treatment. While some of the changes are only short-term and can be concealed with wigs and scarves, permanent changes can leave a lifetime of effects that are much more difficult to ignore.A total mastectomy removes as much cancer as possible, by removing the entire breast. A partial mastectomy removes the malignant tumor and surrounding tissue, while conserving as much of the healthy breast tissue as possible. Many women will opt to undergo breast reconstruction, which restores the feel and look of the breast immediately or at a later date. However, this option is not available to every woman.

The “hidden scar surgery” is giving breast cancer survivors a new outlook on life without unappealing scars. The procedure is performed in the same manner, but the scar can be placed in an area, where it is concealed from view.

Dr. David Rock with Regional Breast Care said the breast cancer has to be treated or prevented first and then it’s all about giving the woman a better quality of life. He went on to say that hidden scar surgery is an available option for almost every breast cancer survivor. However, diabetics and smokers face higher risks.

Rock urges women, who are interested in the surgery to inquire about the incision location and how much experience the surgeon has with this highly specialized procedure.

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