WHEN SHERRI LANDRIEU WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER last spring, she knew she was in for the fight of her life. Like many mastectomy patients, the forty-seven-year-old New Orleans businesswoman believed that reconstruction would be a vital part of her psychological recovery. So she did some investigating of her own and was surprised to learn she had more reconstruction options than she originally thought.
Of course, no single method of reconstruction is right for every woman or, for that matter, is risk-free. Indeed, many women prefer simply to wear a prosthesis and bypass the additional surgery and its residual effects, which can include a loss of sensation to the breast and substantial scarring. As Landrieu discovered, evaluating all the options (more…)