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Breast Reconstruction After Cancer: Join The Ottawa Clinic on BRA Day

Smiling women in pink for breast cancer awarenessIt’s estimated that one in nine Canadian women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and many of these women will undergo a mastectomy as treatment. What is life like post-surgery? How can breast reconstruction help women whose lives have changed so drastically? On October 26, Dr. Trefor Nodwell, Dr. Sachin Chitte and Dr. Hae Mi Lee—board-certified plastic surgeons at The Ottawa Clinic—will host BRA Day in Ottawa to educate and raise awareness of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

“During breast reconstruction the plastic surgeon will try to restore the shape, size and appearance of the breast post-mastectomy,” explains Dr. Nodwell. “This can be achieved with implants, using tissue from other areas of the body, or by using other means.”

“Breast reconstruction is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Policy (OHIP), which is something many Ontarians don’t know. They’re also unaware of the resources available post-mastectomy, which is why we encourage everyone to sign up and join us on BRA Day to learn more,” says Dr. Chitte.

The Event

In its sixth year, BRA Day is free to attend and will be hosted at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. The evening will feature talks by Dr. Lee, Dr. Chitte and Dr. Nodwell about implant reconstruction, nipple sparing mastectomy and much more. It will also include:

  • A tattoo artist who specializes in areola re-pigmentation and nipple restoration.
  • A panel of women who’ve undergone breast reconstruction and who will be available to answer questions.
  • A show-and-tell lounge where women can share and discuss their results.
  • Much more!
  • “We’ve always believed it’s important to support breast cancer awareness and education; so many Canadians are afflicted with this disease every year,” says Dr. Nodwell. “We hope to see many people on October 26,” agrees Dr. Chitte.

    Join The Ottawa Clinic October 26 for an evening of education and support. Register for free here.

    If you’d like more information about breast reconstruction, contact us today.