Advice Jolie’s Plastic Surgeon Has For All Women

ASPS Marks Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day with Team Approach

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Jay Orringer, MD, the doctor who performed reconstructive surgeries recently on Angelina Jolie, consults with a patient about possible breast implants. Orringer is joining forces with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to ensure every woman knows about her reconstruction options when facing mastectomies due to breast cancer. Details here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

HOLLYWOOD, FL – Thousands of board certified plastic surgeons, including the plastic surgeon who performed Angelina Jolie’s breast reconstruction, are joining forces with breast centers, support groups and breast cancer survivors to send a powerful message. The second annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day USA, organized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF), will take place on October 16, 2013 in hundreds of cities across the country.

“Last year, in our inaugural campaign, more than 100 plastic surgeons and breast cancer awareness supporters held BRA Day events around the country, said ASPS President Robert X. Murphy, MD. “This year we hope to greatly surpass the number of events in our effort to ensure every woman is made aware of her breast reconstruction options.”

The Beverly Hills plastic surgeon for Angelina Jolie’s recent breast reconstruction is among the surgeons driving BRA Day efforts.  He will speak at a reception as part of the flagship BRA Day USA events held in the Hollywood, FL area. Jay Orringer, MD, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), was part of a team of medical experts who cared for Ms. Jolie. The event where Orringer will speak is organized by the Physician’s Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc. & Memorial Cancer Institute in Hollywood, Florida and will take place at Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, FL.

“I commend Ms. Jolie’s courageous decision to share her personal story,” said Dr. Orringer. “It has helped to spark important conversations and expand the discussion on this significant women’s health issue.”

Celebrities including Brooke Burke-Charvet, host of “Dancing with the Stars”, and Alexia Echevarria of “Real Housewives of Miami” will also join plastic surgeons and health care advocates at the flagship events in Florida.

The BRA Day USA 2013 theme is the “team approach” to breast cancer care, emphasizing the need for all breast cancer care physicians and other health care providers to work together to provide the patient with an understanding of the various options and an individualized treatment plan. The team approach brings together a multidisciplinary group of medical professionals who work together from breast cancer diagnosis through recovery in an effort to optimize care for each patient.

Jonathan Weiser, MD, of Physician’s Institute said, “We recognize that each woman receives the most comprehensive care plan, specifically tailored to her needs, when all breast cancer care physicians work together as a team. Our hope is for full collaboration of all team members including plastic surgeons, oncologists, breast surgeons, radiologists, and OB/GYN’s giving women the most powerful team possible.”

ASPS is also releasing new TV public service announcements featuring BRA Day spokesperson singer/songwriter Jewel and breast cancer survivors.  View the PSAs here: http://bit.ly/1cLVQUN

Although health plans that offer breast cancer coverage are required to provide coverage for breast reconstruction and prostheses, the team approach is often underutilized. Many women, distraught by the news they have breast cancer, just focus on getting the cancer out of their body, but they give little thought to quality of life beyond cancer. ASPS hopes BRA Day will help make women aware they have options when it comes to breast reconstruction.

In an effort to make recovering from breast reconstruction easier for women, ASPS has created aBreast Reconstruction Planner that guides patients through the recovery process. The easy-to-access planning tool is available at no cost and offers tips from trained plastic surgeons. You can view or download the free guide here: BRAdayUSA.org/planner.

For more information about Dr. Jay Orringer’s presentation, access to the event or more on BRA Day USA, members of the media should contact: Shannon McCormick, (o) 614-932-9950  or © 614-477-2719, shannon@mediasourcetv.com or ASPS: 847-228-9900 media@plasticsurgery.org

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Jay Orringer, MD, the doctor who performed reconstructive surgeries recently on Angelina Jolie, consults with a patient about possible breast implants. Orringer is joining forces with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to ensure every woman knows about her reconstruction options when facing mastectomies due to breast cancer. Details here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Jay Orringer, MD, headlines Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day - or BRA Day USA - festivities in Miami, Florida October 16, 2013. Orringer is joining the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in calling for all women to be informed of their reconstruction options when facing mastectomies for breast cancer. Details: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Jay Orringer, MD, the plastic surgeon who performed reconstructive surgeries recently on Angelina Jolie, says all women should have the right to know their reconstructive surgical options from the outset of a breast cancer diagnosis. Orringer and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons say many women who face mastectomies due to breast cancer are not fully informed of their options for reconstructive surgery. More on their efforts here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Jay Orringer, MD, consults with a patient at his office in Beverly Hills, CA. Orringer recently performed reconstructive surgery on Angelina Jolie and says more women need to take a team approach to cancer care, including developing a plan for reconstructive surgery after mastectomies. Orringer is headlining Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day - or BRA Day USA - October 16th in Miami, an event sponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Details here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

A team of doctors and specialists meet at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, FL to discuss breast cancer cases in their patients. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is leading a campaign touting the benefits of this team approach. Experts say many women who face mastectomies due to breast cancer are never fully informed about their options for reconstructive surgery. Details: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

During a meeting of several doctors and specialists, plastic surgeons weigh in on treatment options for women with breast cancer. Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Florida uses extensive teams like this to discuss each and every case of breast cancer they diagnose. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says too many women are not informed of their options for reconstructive surgery after mastectomies. Details on their efforts to change that here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Doctors and specialists meet to collaborate about breast cancer cases at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, FL. More hospitals are taking a team approach to treating each patient, involving doctors, nurses, radiologists, psychologists and plastic surgeons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says too many women have mastectomies due to cancer and are never informed of all their reconstructive options. Details here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Jonathan Weiser, MD, center, and Craig Uecker, MD, right, take part in a team meeting to discuss the care of a breast cancer patient. Weiser and Uecker are plastic surgeons who are routinely included in staff meetings at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, FL to discuss patient care plans. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests all women who are facing breast cancer make a plastic surgeon part of their care team from the time of diagnosis. Details: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Lisa Milenkovic of Weston, FL reads a story about Angelina Jolie`s recent double mastectomy. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says a majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are never fully informed of their reconstruction options. Milenkovic, a breast cancer survivor, urges all women to think about reconstruction from the outset of diagnosis. Details: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Jonathan Weiser, MD performs a follow up exam on Lisa Milenkovic, in Hollywood, FL. Milenkovic recent battled breast cancer and included a plastic surgeon as part of her care team. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons urges all women who are diagnosed with breast cancer to consult with a plastic surgeon as early as possible about breast reconstruction options. Details: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Craig Uecker, MD, left, and Jonathan Weiser, MD, right, consult in an operating room at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, FL. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is urging all women who are diagnosed with breast cancer to make plastic surgeons part of their care team from the outset to outline options for reconstructive surgery. Details here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says a majority of women who face mastectomies due to breast cancer are not fully informed about their options for reconstructive surgery. They urge all women to make a plastic surgeon part of their care team from the moment they are diagnosed. Details here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Craig Uecker, MD, is a plastic surgeon in Hollywood, FL who says more women should consider making plastic surgeons part of their care team from the moment of a breast cancer diagnosis. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says the majority of women who lose breasts to cancer are not fully informed about their reconstructive options. Details here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Gladys DeVance reads a story about Angelina Jolie`s decision to have both breasts removed in order to lessen her risk of breast cancer. DeVance battled breast cancer herself, and says more women need to consult with plastic surgeons about their reconstructive options from the moment they are diagnosed. See what the American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Jonathan Weiser, MD of Hollywood, FL examines breast cancer survivor Gladys DeVance. DeVance made sure a plastic surgeon was part of her care team from the moment she was diagnosed with breast cancer, something The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says more women need to consider. Their advice here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT

Jonathan Weiser, MD, examines breast cancer survivor Gladys DeVance at his office in Hollywood, FL. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says the majority of women who face losing their breasts to cancer are never fully informed of their reconstructive options. DeVance made Dr. Weiser part of her care team from the moment of diagnosis and urges other women to take the same team approach when it comes to battling breast cancer. Details here: bit.ly/1bIyPRT