University of Kansas Hospital hosts National BRA Day event, balloon release

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Surgeons, oncologists, cancer patients and survivors will gather at University of Kansas Hospital Wednesday morning to raise awareness about breast reconstruction.

October 16 is National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA), and a crowd of about 100 supporters will spend the morning promoting education, awareness and access to post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

Losing a breast can present several emotional and physical challenges for women, and doctors want these cancer survivors to know their options.

Dr. Julie Holding is a plastic surgeon and says women can choose from using an implant, body tissue or both.  She says some patients may go through up to three surgeries depending on their need for radiation and their cosmetic desires.  Recovery may take up to a year, according to Holding.

A relatively new approach in the world of breast reconstruction includes one surgery for both the mastectomy and the reconstruction. Surgical Oncologist Dr. Jamie Wagner says the combination surgery can be less expensive and have a shorter recovery time.

Wednesday's BRA day event at the University of Kansas Hospital is organized by Plastic Surgery Chair Dr. Richard Korentager.  He will be hosting the crowd on top of the parking garage at Olathe Blvd and Cambridge. 

Those attending will be blowing up lighted balloons that will be released live on 41 Action News at 6:30 a.m. 

For more information about breast reconstruction, visit http://www.kumed.com/plastic-surgery.

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