Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Hosts 3rd Annual BRA Day
The team raised money for breast reconstruction awareness and research.Malissa Rodenburg | Department of Surgery Oct 16, 2019
Tae Chong, MD, speaks with Natasha Verma and Sherri Goldstein on 9News
Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. It is the second most common form of cancer, behind skin cancer. Women who have survived deserve the opportunity to return to a life and a body they knew before their diagnosis.
Reconstructive surgeries have come a long way over the years. The main options for breast reconstruction are typically implant based or tissue based (using tissue from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks to rebuild the breast). Involving a plastic surgeon in the breast cancer care team can help patient outcomes and quality of life.
According to the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign, led by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), only 23 percent of women are aware of the wide range of breast reconstruction options. Only 19 percent understand how the timing of their treatment and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction can impact their options and results.
As a way to raise awareness, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery hosted their third annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on October 16th. “Breast cancer and breast cancer care should not rob anyone of their femininity, of their sense of self, or their strength,” said Dr. Tae Chong in an interview the morning of the event.
Providers, current and former patients, and their families were invited for a night that was both informative and fun. Funds for breast reconstruction research were raised during a silent auction and the proceeds were split between the BRA USA Campaign and research efforts happening on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
Former UCHealth patient, Sherri Goldstein shared her experience with breast cancer and reconstruction at the event, as well as with 9NEWS that morning. “It’s a very personal decision and I feel so fortunate to have been able to make that decision. Both my mom and my grandma had breast cancer. My mom died of breast cancer, and they didn’t have the option,” said Goldstein, “For me, it’s made me feel like myself. I’m completely myself again.”
Watch Dr. Chong and Goldstein delve deeper into breast reconstruction options in this 9News segment.