CANCER ANSWER TUESDAYS
from Leif Rogers, M.D., FACS
Even though breast reconstruction is covered under many insurance policies only 33 percent of eligible women with breast cancer undergo reconstruction. The primary reason for this seems to be that patients have not been informed of their coverage options and were not referred to a plastic surgeon for breast reconstruction.
On June 8, 2012 a bi-partisan committee of politicians* introduced legislation to the House of Representatives called The “Breast Cancer Patient Education Act.” The act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to plan and implement an education campaign to inform breast cancer patients of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses and other options. Some legislation is already in place to help women with their recovery.
ABOUT CANCER ANSWER TUESDAYS
What can I do about metal mouth? What is a good gift for a cancer fighter? How do they do radiation tattoos? How can I prepare for surgery? What should I say to someone I work with who was just diagnosed? How am I going to get through today?
Every Tuesday, The Why? Foundation will present a small, but big cancer question and answer about fighting cancer day-to-day, hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute.
If you have a question or helpful tip, we want to hear about it. Please email us at email@example.com.