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Bay Area Young Survivors Book Launch, September 14

BAYS is a support and action group for young women in the San Francisco Bay Area who are living with breast cancer and were diagnosed before the age of 45. Our goal is to break the isolation of living with breast cancer by providing a community built on compassion, understanding, hope, and inspiration.

For more information, click here.

Plastic surgery after removing a tumor in the breast

Some women may be candidates for oncoplastic surgery to reconstruct the breast at the time of lumpectomy.

http://cbs4indy.com/2016/05/05/plastic-surgery-after-removing-a-tumor/

Both doctors have extensive experience with these techniques.

Quality of life is higher in patients who undergo DIEP flap breast reconstruction.

Plastic surgeons in France conducted a long-term follow-up of quality of life following DIEP flap breast reconstruction.  They found that the quality of life in patients who underwent DIEP flap reconstruction was comparable to the general population of women who did not undergo mastectomy.  They also found that the quality of life of the DIEP flap patients was higher than patients who underwent mastectomy without reconstruction, and mastectomy with another type of reconstruction.  The article was published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.   See the article here.

Breast reduction facts.

If you have large breasts and have thought about a breast reduction, check out this article from Self.com.  Dr. Gabriel Kind and Dr. David S. Chang are board certified plastic surgeons with extensive experience in breast reduction surgery.  To schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 415-565-6884.

Now offering ThermiRF treatments

Dr. Kind and Dr. Chang are now offering the latest in non-invasive aesthetic treatments, ThermiTight, ThermiSmooth, and ThermiVa.  For more information visit:  www.thermi.com/thermirf.

Know your rights. Federal law mandates that breast reconstruction be covered by insurance companies.

The number of breast reconstruction procedures performed in the US rose from 79,000 in 2008 to 102,000 in 2014, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, many mastectomy patients are unaware that federal law guarantees them the right to coverage of reconstruction, writes plastic surgeon Laurence Arnold. A multidisciplinary care team gives breast cancer patients the best chance of getting the optimum treatment and having the best possible outcome, Arnold writes.  http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/hcsDBXBbceCSAvyvCidKqMCicNvIde?format=standard

Breast Cancer Forum Tuesday April 14, 2015

Dr. Chang and Dr. Kind will be speaking about decision making in breast reconstruction on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:00-7:30.
Location: Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center located at 400 Hawthorne Ave, Rm 103, Oakland.

No matter what your individual circumstances may be, the decision to undergo breast reconstruction can be a difficult one. Come hear the experts talk about the options and latest advances in breast reconstruction.
Call 510-204-56556 to reserve your seat.

DIEP flap offers a natural breast reconstruction without implants.

This recent piece by ABC News highlights some of the advantages of using your own tissue for breast reconstruction after mastectomy.  Dr. Chang and Dr. Kind perform approximately 100 of these procedures each year.  The procedure can be performed immediately at the time of a mastectomy or after a mastectomy has been done.  Most patients are a candidate for this operation.  Call our office to schedule a detailed consultation.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/designing-breasts-stomach-fat-silicone/story?id=25889608

 

Dr. Chang to speak at Bay Area Cancer Connections Q&A

Bay Area Cancer ConnectionsThursday, October 16, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Where: BCC – 2335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (map)
Description: This is an informal session where a medical professional from various breast cancer specialties will address your medical questions and concerns. If you don’t have questions, join us to just learn more about breast cancer, and network with others.

Dr. Kind will speak at 11th Annual Bay Area Cancer Connections Conference

Saturday, November 1, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Oracle Conference Center.

Dr. Kind will speak about breast reconstruction.