Being diagnosed with breast cancer can feel like walking through a spider web—you want it off immediately, and thus it’s tempting to flail about trying to shake it off.
It’s an analogy we once heard from one of our patients, and it couldn’t be more spot on. Receiving the bad news of breast cancer takes a toll on a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. This results in feelings of anxiety and desperation to put an end to the disease. Understanding that this is an overwhelming time for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, Dr. Hunsicker has made it a goal to help women through this time, offering the information and guidance they need to not only beat cancer, but to thrive and enjoy life once the battle is won.
As a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Hunsicker has been a pioneer in reconstructive breast surgery for more than a decade. Throughout this time, she has refined the process to help give women their bodies and their lives back after breast cancer surgery. Whether you have had or are preparing for a lumpectomy, mastectomy, or other breast cancer treatment, Dr. Hunsicker will work closely with you to develop a personalized breast reconstruction plan designed to restore your figure and renew your self-confidence.
To help women get through the road between diagnosis and breast cancer surgery, Dr. Hunsicker has developed a process with an emphasis on a happy and healthy life after breast cancer.
Dr. Hunsicker starts by sending her patients to physical therapy before their breast cancer surgery. This helps establish a baseline for strength and range of motion and will allow patients to start physical therapy (about three weeks post-op) with a goal in mind. Having a set baseline helps motivate patients so they are able to return to full health as quickly as possible. Effective physical therapy can help you feel like your old self again and adjust to the changes in your figure.
Click here for additional information on breast cancer rehabilitation at Oncology Rehab.
Acupuncture has proven to be effective during cancer treatment. Dr. Hunsicker recommends acupuncture to help control pain, swelling, or discomfort caused by surgery or cancer treatment. Acupuncture treatments have also shown to be effective in reducing vomiting from chemotherapy treatments as well as reducing the need for narcotic use and other medications, which can cause side effects such as confusion, behavioral changes, nausea and constipation.
Food is medicine. All of our patients are given the opportunity to have nutritional counseling in preparation for their surgery. We also recommend patients drink our Revalla green smoothie for the weeks prior to and after their surgery—packed with all the ingredients you need for a strong immune system and welcome energy boost.
The emotional component associated with breast cancer cannot be underestimated. The disease threatens to compromise a woman’s femininity and self-image in addition to her physical health. Dr. Hunsicker believes that it is extremely important to acknowledge these emotional concerns and address the fear and stress tied to breast cancer—not only for the patient, but for her family and support system as well.
At Revalla Plastic Surgery, we refer patients to Dr. Helen Coons, a mental health professional specializing in helping women in the midst of or recovering from a cancer diagnoses. Click here for more information about Dr. Helen Coons.