Breast Reconstruction Experts at La Peer Comment on Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Surgery

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Los Angeles plastic & reconstructive surgeons at La Peer Health Systems discuss the ramifications of Angelina Jolie’s courageous choice to go public with her genetic issues with breast cancer.

Lisa Cassileth MD
Those who are making the courageous decision to battle breast cancer by having a double mastectomy can rely on their physicians at La Peer Health Systems to be compassionate as well as informative throughout this difficult process.

In a recent opinion piece that ran in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie revealed her personal journey with breast cancer and the genetic breast cancer issues that lead to her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy and breast reconstructive surgery. At La Peer Heath Systems in Beverly Hills, the surgeons offer genetic testing and the procedures needed for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in the name of cancer prevention and prophylaxis, the protective treatment for disease.

All the experts agree that Ms. Jolie’s decision should prove vital in spreading awareness of this potentially life-saving procedure.

“By allowing the public to learn and understand her journey, Angelina Jolie is shedding light on the genetic issues associated with breast cancer and the preventative steps women can take to insure a long and healthy cancer-free life,” Dr. Leslie Memsic - a surgical oncologist and breast specialist - said about Jolie’s choice to make this decision public.

Jolie’s heartbreaking and courageous story helps to spread awareness concerning the issues of genetics, breast cancer, and the means by which women can fight against it, even when they are genetically predisposed to the cancer gene! According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the cause of death for almost 458,000 women each year. By sharing the story of her mother’s battle with cancer and her own concerns for developing the disease, Jolie has allowed the public to learn more about the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene testing available to all women who may be predisposed.

Those who opt to have genetic testing for the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene have the best chance of reducing their risk of cancer because they can take the necessary steps to eliminate the tissues that may become infected. This treatment can help women decide if a preventative double mastectomy, followed by breast reconstructive surgery, is the right choice.

“Genetic testing allows women to learn about their rate of risk and for those who have an extremely high risk, it can a life saving decision,” Leif Roger, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at La Peer.

The expert doctors at La Peer Breast Surgery Canter of Excellence can provide the latest in genetic testing and if a present risk is detected, the most up-to-date procedures available to eradicate cancer-causing tissues, like a preventative double mastectomy. The surgeons at La Peer have the experience and expertise to create a personalized treatment plan and execute all the necessary procedures involved.

“Those who are making the courageous decision to battle breast cancer by having a double mastectomy can rely on their physicians at La Peer Health Systems to be compassionate as well as informative throughout this difficult process,” said Dr. Lisa Casselith, a surgeon at La Peer.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 50 world-renowned physicians in 14 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 14 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

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