Breast Cancer Awareness Day
At Touch Surgery Labs, we are all in someway connected to healthcare professionals and patients or relatives of patients with Breast Cancer. According to the Pink Ribbon foundation, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. This week over 700 women in the UK alone will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.The saddest fact of all is that during this week of awareness over 200 women in the UK will die of Breast Cancer. Finally, it is important to remember that breast cancer can also occur in men.
Because of our connection and support for Breast Cancer Care a UK leading charity for Breast cancer, last year at Touch Surgery Labs we worked hard to build simulations that would empower and connect surgeons, healthcare professionals, patients and relatives of patients who were interested in the surgical treatment of breast cancer.
For surgeons and healthcare specialist, we hope that these procedures empower you to be at your best. For patients and relatives of patients we hope that the information in the Touch Surgery Simulations can really help you to understand the common procedures associated with breast cancer; Mastectomy, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and breast reconstruction.
There are several different types of mastectomy depending on the areas that are removed. Some of the main types of mastectomy include: Standard mastectomy where all of the breast tissue and most of the skin covering is removed; Skin-sparing mastectomy in which all of the breast tissue is removed including the nipple, but most of the skin covering the breast is left; and Subcutaneous mastectomy, a skin-sparing mastectomy where the nipple is not removed
A sentinel lymph node is defined as the first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumour. A sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is a procedure in which the sentinel lymph node is identified, removed, and sent to pathology for examination to determine whether malignant cells are present. This is usually done at the same time the primary tumour is removed (mastectomy).
A perforator flap is a commonly used procedure for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction using native soft tissue can restore breast symmetry through the construction of a similar sized, shaped, and contoured mount as the contralateral breast.
The most common perforator flap used for breast reconstruction is the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap. However, in patients for whom the lower abdominal region is not an option, the upper thigh, in the form of profound artery perforator (PAP) is a good alternative.
To learn more about the Mastectomy, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and breast reconstruction procedures download the Touch Surgery app and see them in 3D along with more detail. Please reach out to tell us if you find this useful and any feedback you may have, and please remember to #WearPink