As some of you already know, there has been an initiative underway for the past two years for the creation of an app to improve shared decision making in matters pertaining to breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction. And now, more than ever, as the options continue to expand with regard to reconstruction, this information is becoming more important than ever.
As I have learned, the more we know, the better we are equipped to make the best decisions possible with regard to our medical care and no one is ever going to be more vested in our personal health and decisions than we are individually.Barbara Jacoby
Therefore, I am so excited to share with you that the Breast Advocate app developer and plastic surgeon, Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo, has just informed us that the FREE app for breast cancer patients is now available for download on both iPhone and Android devices so that you will have immediate access to all of the information at the earliest possible time. And regardless of whether you or someone you know is a previvor or has just been diagnosed with breast cancer or whether you are a cancer survivor at any stage in treatment or have completed treatment, there is help and guidance and information available to you that you may need now or at sometime in the future.
Perhaps you are like me. I had no information available to me about reconstruction at the time of my surgeries and was offered only one option when I inquired. However, as I have received questions about this aspect of treatment since that time, I started to research the subject. I became aware of the fact that based upon an individual’s course of treatment and in what step of treatment they are advised of their options, their decisions are as individual as the rest of their treatment options.
As I continued my research, I learned so much about the impact that radiation and chemotherapy will have on reconstruction and depending upon whether you already have had breast surgery and any of these treatments, your options may change. Therefore, it is so important to know your options and to incorporate a plastic surgeon into the decision making as soon as possible so that this professional can help you identify the best options available to you on an individual basis.
And if you are someone who is supporting a previvor or a breast cancer survivor, your ability to help them with updated information that they can discuss with their medical team is a great advantage for that person. Therefore, you too are encouraged to sign up for this free app so that you are in a better position to advocate for someone else. As I have learned, the more we know, the better we are equipped to make the best decisions possible with regard to our medical care and no one is ever going to be more vested in our personal health and decisions than we are individually.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.