Surgeon Shares Breast Cancer Treatment Innovations
Joanna Gagis talks with Dr. Peter Hyans, Chair of the Dept. of Surgery and Surgical Specialties at Summit Medical Group, about the important strides that have been made to detect and treat breast cancer and what more needs to be done.
"Welcome back. You know, we've made many strides in terms of breast cancer detection and treatment. But for the 200,000 women a year who are diagnosed, what happens next? My next guest is Doctor Peter Hyans, chair of the department of surgery and surgical specialties at Summit Medical Group. Welcome to the program. Thank you for having me. It's significant. First of all, this program will air in October, and well beyond, but October is, as we've all come to know nationally...? Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You know, so much has been done, I think breast cancer becoming, you know, there's an entire month dedicated to it now, and we see football teams wearing pink, and there's so much attention, I think, paid to breast cancer, but it's still prevalent. Right? Absolutely. I mean there's 200,000 women a year that are usually diagnosed with breast cancer, and a lot of those women aren't even given options in terms of breast reconstruction. October 19th is actually national Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, and that's an event that we celebrate nationally to help promote awareness, education, and access to women that are contemplating a mastectomy, and reconstruction. So your specialty is reconstruction? Yes. You say that many people aren't given that option? What do you mean? You mean when they're told that they need a mastectomy, or they make the decision to get a mastectomy, they're not presented with options of what they can do? Nationally, only about fifty percent of women that are diagnosed with breast cancer are given those options. Especially in underserved and minority communities. So they're left, then, thinking that they need the mastectomy, which means they've removed all breast tissue from the body, and now they're faced with the thought of going through life feeling like less than a woman, essentially? That's correct. Okay so in the patients who you treat, what options are you able to give them? Well there are several different options, we really depend on the patient's history, their medical condition, whether they're having one or two breast removed, what the shape and size of their breast is, but the most common option that we give to the patients are either implant reconstruction or options involving using their own tissue. Okay, first we're gonna talk about the implant option. My first thought is if there's any breast cancer, you know, being removed, and all the breast tissue gets removed, I understand that, when you have a mastectomy. But does putting an implant in then limit a doctor's ability to see if any cancer comes back? No it's rare that you would get a recurrence after a mastectomy, but if you were to get a recurrence, it's usually right underneath the skin above any type of implant..."