Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Aligarh: “Breast reconstruction is often the silver lining in a very bad chapter of a woman’s life. There are options for almost every woman diagnosed with breast cancer and the goal of reconstructive surgery is to make a woman feel whole and feminine again,” said Prof Imran Ahmad, Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

He was speaking in the webinar on ‘Breast Reconstruction Awareness’ organised by the Department of Plastic Surgery to observe the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day.

Prof Imran emphasized that the role of plastic surgeons in the management of breast cancer patients and said that if the breast reconstruction is offered at the time of first presentation then the acceptance of surgery in patients increases.

Dr Quazi Ghazwan Ahmad, Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai delineated reconstructive options after the mastectomy.

He said that reconstruction can be done immediately or can be delayed till the chemo/radiotherapy is over.

According to Dr Quazi, “less than one percent of breast cancer patients are aware of the post mastectomy breast reconstruction procedures.”

Coordinating the event, Dr Fahud Khurram said that Breast Reconstruction Awareness day promotes education, awareness and access for women considering post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

Meanwhile, the Department of Plastic Surgery also conducted a tree plantation drive to observe the Gandhi Jayanti. Faculty members planted saplings of Guava, Palm, Pomegranate and Pilkhan trees in the department premises.