Differences in surgical recommendations?

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Question from Bev Nurse: I'm confused. My HMO recommends a modified radical mastectomy with radiation followed by delayed reconstruction (six months to a year). An outside breast surgeon at the nearest breast cancer center recommends a simple mastectomy and axillary dissection with immediate reconstruction (my choice is DIEP) followed by radiation. Why the disparity in recommendations?
Answers - Carolyn Chang There are often multiple ways to treat breast cancer. If someone is unsure about the recommendations that they're getting, and if they have the luxury of a little bit of time, a third opinion would not be unheard of. Because whatever treatment they decide to do, they need to be comfortable that they're making the right decision.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2005.

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