The reconstructive surgery department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, focuses on repairing, reconstructing and restoring areas of the body, such as the breast or limbs, that were damaged by cancer or its treatments. The reconstructive surgeons at our cancer center in Philadelphia perform a wide range of surgical procedures on many parts of the body, including the breasts, head, neck and skin. At Eastern, our highly trained and educated reconstructive surgeons have extensive experience in cancer care. They understand the complexities of working with cancer patients and are well-equipped to help address cancer patients’ needs.
Cancer and the treatments used to fight it may change how patients feel, look and function. These changes may impact patients’ self-image and self-esteem. Some patients may experience emotional side effects, including depression or anxiety. Reconstructive surgery is one option we offer at our cancer center in Pennsylvania that may help our patients regain their confidence, dignity and sense of self. Our experienced reconstructive surgeons have performed a vast spectrum of procedures. They meet with each patient contemplating reconstructive surgery to discuss the various options available.
Many women with breast cancer undergo surgical oncology treatments, such as a lumpectomy, partial mastectomy or quadrantectomy. These breast-conserving procedures remove the tumor and some surrounding tissue, leaving the remaining breast intact. Some women are not candidates for breast-conserving surgery and may need a mastectomy to surgically remove all of the breast tissue. Breast reconstructive surgery may be one surgical option available for some patients to rebuild the breast after a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction often requires more than one surgery. The procedure may be delayed by weeks or months, or it may be started immediately after or at the same time that the mastectomy is performed. There are generally two categories of breast reconstruction—the implant-based reconstruction or an autologous procedure that uses the patient’s own tissue in creating a flap. The type of advanced surgical treatment recommended by your reconstructive surgeon will depend on many factors, including your individual needs and treatment goals.