Breast cancer patient praises groundbreaking surgery
Dec 8, 2010
A former breast cancer patient has opened up about her experiences battling the disease and the revolutionary surgery that has helped return her life to normal, reports the Hartlepool Mail.
Joyce Longmoor was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2003 and the 48 year-old underwent a mastectomy to remove her breast tissue. Longmoor had her breast reconstructed with an implant but was startled to find that, after time, the implant hardened and looked misshapen.
Longmoor was in for a routine check-up when her doctor told her about cell-enriched breast reconstruction. This new procedure rebuilds the breast using the patient's own fat tissue and naturally-occurring regenerative cells, which are removed via liposuction from the patient's stomach or thighs. It is then injected back into the breast where it leaves no physical scar.
"It feels the same as my other breast and looks the same. I have more confidence and can wear things I wouldn't have done before," Longmoor told the news outlet.
So far surgeons have reported brilliant feedback, with 75 to 80 percent of patients grading the results good to excellent.
In 2010, there are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.