Most Shared

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Health News

Health News

 
text size

Reconstructive Breast cancer surgeries

Updated: Friday, October 18 2013, 06:59 PM CDT
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
And we are sharing survival stories.
 
Introducing a woman facing breast reconstruction surgery as part of recovery.
In May, Angelina Jolie revealed she underwent a preventative double-masectomy--making the decision to remove both her breasts after finding out she had an 87% chance of developing cancer.
  
She's since had her breasts reconstructed.  But what about the everyday women, trying to rebuild their lives and their breasts after beating cancer?

"Hello how are you doing?"
"It's the silver lining of breast cancer. I feel like I've been through a journey and I've met some amazing people through it, but I feel restored"
   
They've lost their breasts but not their lives.
It doesn't have to end your world. Find the positive in it
 And these women have.
   
Hi how are you? I'm Dr. Shack. Nice to see you.
Leila Grossman is a breast cancer survivor,   
I sort of feel like it was a lucky break for me. It was a no brainer to take them off
   
She's talking about her breasts.
First a mammogram, then a biopsy, in 2011, Grossman found herself going under the knife for the first time in her life to fight cancer and when the worst was over--she began the long road to recovery, including breast reconstruction.
   
Leila Grossman says it was amazing. I mean really, they constructed two breasts out of my stomach
   
It's essentially a tummy tuck--using deep belly tissue to rebuild the lost breast after a mastectomy.

Another option, the implant based reconstruction--using these expanders to create new tissue for reconstruction.
   
They're two of the most popular surgeries Dr. Bruce Shack does here at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Bruce Shack//Vanderbilt Plastic Surgeon says, Our goal is to restore them to as near  normal as we possibly can and in some cases make them better than they were before surgery.
   
It's been a life-changing alteration for Lisa Barrett.
She was diagnosed with Stage 2-Breast Cancer in 2012.

Barrett//Breast cancer survivor says Wow. They didn't look that good when I was 25.
Thanks to these doctors, it's what they can now wear, as a sign of survival
   
Leila Grossman says I mean he gave me back something that I lost, and made them better
   
And if they're ever asked about their new breasts, Dr. Shack tells them to say- of course they're fake. My real ones tried to kill me.
   
The American Cancer Society predicts over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time this year.
   
For more health related news just log onto weartv.com and click on the Health tab

Reconstructive Breast cancer surgeries


Advertise with us!

Health Watch

  [ - ] Video Stories Only  [ - ] Text Stories Only  [ + ] Show All

ABC National Health News

GMO Foods: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Is altering a crop in a lab the same as altering it on the farm? Yes and no.
Scientists Rush to Finish Mind-Controlled Robotic Suit
Researchers have less than two months to finish the robotic exoskeleton.
5 Things You Need to Know About E-Cigarettes
Regulations will include warning labels, banned sales to minors and a list of ingredients.
Man Aims to Change Cancer Experience for Young Adults
What would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer in your teens or twenties?
Family Raises $500K in 15 Days to Save Daughter
If your child's life depended on you raising $2 million, could you do it?
Meet 5 Incredible 'Bionic' Pets
These amazing animals have prosthetic limbs.
The 'Six Million Dollar Man' No Longer Costs $6 Million
He'd be much cheaper to rebuild today.
15 Natural Back Pain Remedies
Talk to your doc about these 15 expert-approved natural back pain remedies, and find out if they are safe and appropriate for you.
HIV Turns 30 Today
It’s been 30 years since scientists revealed the cause of AIDS: a shifty retrovirus that would come to be known as HIV.
A Close-up Look at Acupuncture for Pain
A close up look at acupuncture for relief of chronic pain.
'Anti-Thigh Gap' Jeans a Hit With the Muscle Set
Barbell Jeans are for athletes.
Girl Mauled by Raccoon Leaves Hospital With Ear on Arm
An 11-year-old girl who was mauled by a pet raccoon as a baby is back home today after a seven-hour surgery to embed a makeshift ear in her arm.
Surprising Bacteria That Live on Your Money
Germs are an unavoidable part of life. No matter how many times you sanitize, there’s always another door knob, public space, or bathroom you’re bound to come in contact with. But do you sanitize every time you slip a few bills into or out of your wallet? A recent study conducted by New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology identified 3,000 types of bacteria on dollar bills from a Manhattan bank. Most of the bacteria were unsurprisingly microbes found on the skin, while others matched those found in mouths, and even some in vaginas.
Why Your Spouse May Be 'Hangry' for a Fight
The link between marital discord and hunger pangs.
Watch: Formerly Conjoined Twins Meet Celebrity Dolphin
The 4-year-old boys' prosthetic legs and Winter's prosthetic tail were made by the same team.
Watch: FDA Announces Plan to Regulate E-Cigarettes
The agency's proposed regulations include warning labels and a ban on sales to minors.
Watch: Incredible 1st Steps of an Exoskeleton
The mind-controlled exoskeleton will be used to make the ceremonial opening kick at the World Cup.
Watch: Researchers Identify HIV Virus: April 23, 1984
Health and Human Services officials referred to the virus as "HTLV-3" during a 1984 news conference.
Watch: Dog Digs With Prosthetic Paw
Brooke the black Lab uses her prosthetic paw to dig up her favorite ice treats.
Watch: Scientists Engineer Lab-Grown Vaginas
Four women with a genetic condition took part in a ground-breaking study.
Watch: Baby Can't Open Mouth in Medical Mystery
Video shows doctors assessing Wyatt Scott's ability to swallow.
Watch: 8 Mumps Cases Reported at NJ College
Stevens Institute of Technology reports eight cases despite students having been fully vaccinated.
Top 4 Foods for Spring
Right now grocery stores and farmers markets are coming alive with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Here are a few spring foods that you don’t want to miss.
Top 3 Foods for a Longer Life
Here are three foods that could help you live longer.
How to Get Healthy for Less Money
In the quest to stay healthy and happy, nothing is free: $350 to fill a cavity, $120 for a monthly gym membership, $30 for a yoga class. But you don't need to go broke just to be at your best. The key to paying less? Asking for it.
5 Do-It-Yourself Hangover Helpers
Have you heard about the Hangover Heaven Bus in Las Vegas? For $45 and up, it’ll pick you up after a night of hard drinking, give you oxygen, hook you up to an IV (with a proprietary blend of vitamins and medicines) and inject you with mega doses of vitamin B, in a bus decorated more like a nightclub lounge than a doctor’s office.
 

Enrollment for healthcare exchanges as part of healthcare reform begins October 1 in states where exchanges will be set up. Expect special reports each week from us about what you need to know about 'Obamacare' and the ongoing political fight about its future.

To Learn More About Health Care Reform, Click Here

Navigation

Sacred Heart Health System - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cardiology - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cancer Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Orthopedics - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vein Institute - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
The Endoscopy Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vascular & Interventional - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Stand Up Open MRI - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Advertise with us!

Tonight on ABC 3

06:30PM Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
07:00PM Grey's Anatomy
08:00PM Grey's Anatomy
09:00PM Black Box (premiere)
10:00PM Channel 3 News

Complete ABC 3 Schedule