An overwhelming number of women are not aware of all the various options they have available to them for breast reconstruction—a staggering 75 percent! Unfortunately because of this, many women may be left feeling disfigured, angry or generally unlike themselves even after they are cancer free. Dr. Hunsicker and the team at Revalla Plastic Surgery want to help educate and raise awareness about breast reconstruction procedures, and resources available to women who have undergone breast reconstruction treatment, so that patients can be proactive in reclaiming their self-concept and femininity despite a prior breast cancer diagnosis.
At Revalla Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hunsicker performs various methods of breast reconstruction. She consults with each of her patients to ensure they are given the information they need to make an informed decision based on her own unique goals and safety.
Choosing to undergo breast reconstruction is a very important and personal decision. We offer several resources to help make the process go smoothly so you are able to recover as quickly as possible and thrive after surgery.
Our resources include:
Many chemotherapy patients find themselves experiencing symptoms of early onset menopause, or they report that menopausal symptoms are exacerbated by chemotherapy or hormone therapy, such as Tamoxifen. Millions of women experience gynecological changes as part of these menopausal symptoms—including vaginal dryness, incontinence, pain, itching, and discomfort during intercourse.
Revalla now offers MonaLisa Touch in-office treatments to bring patients the latest in non-hormonal based relief with a 5-minute in-office procedure. It’s painless and requires little to no downtime. While most patients need at least three initial treatments, patients usually report symptom improvement within weeks after the initial procedure.
Menopausal symptoms can be quite severe in breast cancer survivors for whom estrogen therapy is contraindicated. Studies have shown statistically significant improvement in the following menopausal symptoms using Testosterone therapies: depression, irritability, anxiety, hot flashes/sweating, exhaustion, joint/muscular pain, sleep problems, vaginal dryness, incontinence, and low libido.
Testosterone, in combination with anastrozole (an aromatase inhibitor) has also been found to be safe to use in breast cancer survivors—showing no increases in breast cancer recurrences and no adverse events. Working in conjunction with patients’ oncologists, Revalla offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy via pellets to help alleviate lingering effects of cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and hormone-based therapies which send patients into early onset menopause or underscore their current menopausal symptoms.
Depending on the type of cancer and the treatment course, patients often suffer from various skin problems. For many, skin becomes dry, inflamed, red, itchy, or extremely sensitive, and many commonly used skincare products can exacerbate symptoms instead of alleviating them. Revalla’s Medical Aesthetician, Ruth Ann Roth, is proud to be specialty-certified in Oncology Aesthetics—a relatively new field that recognizes the particular challenges cancer patients face.
Taking the time to familiarize herself with your diagnosis, therapies, and symptoms, Ruth Ann will develop a skin care treatment specific to your needs. Your customized plan can help prevent, relieve, and protect your skin from common symptoms of cancer therapies such as compromised skin function, dehydration, and mild inflammation.
Ruth Ann says that during her training she was reminded of the power of the healing touch. “The right skin care plan can serve as a great source of comfort,” she says. “It’s a healing and rejuvenating act that offers the patient an element of control, at a time when so much of their world is out of control.”Click here to download Revalla’s Cancer Survivorship Resources PDF.