breast cancer

Q: Reconstruction After Breast Cancer: Will Medicare Pay to Replace Ruptured Implants?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 08:46

I had breast cancer 23 years ago with reconstruction. My implants have been replaced once, 12 years ago, and these are now leaking. Will Medicare pay for replacement? I was not on Medicare when they were replaced 12 yrs. ago. I have no photos but had a breast MRI which showed the leakage.

A: Yes, by law insurance companies must cover

Medicare and private insurance cover must by law cover treatment for the reconstruction of a breast cancer patient. This includes the opposite normal breast to obtain symmetry.

Q: Do Fibroadenomas Have to Be Removed Before Breast Augmentation?

Submitted by Q-A from clee on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 10:10

i had a ultrasound one year ago showing a possible fibroadenoma and recently had a new ultrasound showing no changes at all in size or shape of it. i thought it would have to be removed but after having two consultations with board certified plastic surgeons who reviewed my reports they both told me that my fibroadenoma would not need to be removed.

i am 23 and have no history of breast cancer in my family. is it safe to continue with breast augmentation or should i insist on having it removed.

A: It would be worthwhile having the opinion of an oncologic breast surgeon

You are asking the right questions. Certainly your youth, family history and stable breast mass favors a benign lesion. Depending on the location of the lesion within the breast, a breast augmentation may alter you ability to follow it over time. Before proceeding further, it would be wise to see an experienced oncologic breast surgeon to have his expert opinion from an oncologic surveillance viewpoint before proceeding with breast augmentation.