Breast reconstruction options following a partial or double mastectomy have been in the news lately, but a recent study highlights the fact that many women aren’t fully aware of their treatment choices. At EuroMed Foundation, our Arizona cancer treatment center, educating patients about all of their options is something we take very seriously.
It’s especially important during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, when more attention is focused on the issue. The study that was published online in the journal JAMA Surgery examined why the rate of breast reconstruction remains relatively low. Fewer than half of women who undergo a mastectomy chose to get breast reconstruction.
Although the researchers found that most patients were satisfied with their choices, they also determined that almost one-fifth of the women didn’t even know that reconstruction was an option. At EuroMed, we educate women about the choices they have throughout the treatment process. That includes alternatives to traditional treatment options, such as chemotherapy and radiation.
We take a holistic approach to cancer treatment, emphasizing the importance of treating patients physically, mentally, and emotionally after they are diagnosed. We craft customized treatment plans for each of our patients that take into account their unique conditions.
Unlike traditional cancer treatment, which causes side effects that can seem worse than the disease itself, the insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) that is the foundation of our treatment selectively targets diseased cells with low-dose chemotherapy. We also concentrate on boosting a patient’s immune system through complementary therapies, another way our approach differs from that of traditional treatments.
The bottom line for breast cancer patients is to have all the information they need to make educated decisions about their treatment.