Suzanne Somers' Breast Cancer Breakthrough Is a Win for Women (VIDEO)

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suzanne somersAfter going through the trauma of breast cancer itself and having a mastectomy, women's options for breast reconstruction often don't feel like options at all. And far too many breast cancer survivors have become victims of botched reconstructions that doctors try to pass off as "amazing." That's why Suzanne Somers, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, felt compelled to pass on the options offered to her and most women -- implants (plural, meaning they would have to also remove her healthy breast) or a TRAM flap, a procedure that uses muscle, fat, and skin from the abdomen to create a new breast. Now, in the latest installment of her CafeMom Studios series, Suzanne Somers Breaking Through, the actress, author, and activist tells the story of her brave exploration of another route: stem cell breast reconstruction.

It's a controversial procedure that hasn't been given the green light in the U.S. yet -- for various reasons.

Basically, during the procedure, fat from another part of a woman's body -- along with a high concentration of her very own stem cells -- are injected into the breast. Stem cells are thought to help preserve and even regenerate fat cells by stimulating growth of blood vessels. But the controversy has been linked to worry that fat can "calcify" in the breast and obscure mammograms or possibly be mistaken for fibrous cancer growths. Oh, and of course, there's constant tongue-clucking from conservative America about the use of stems cells in the first place.

So, as you can imagine, Somers had to fight and jump through hoops for her chance -- and in turn, other American women's chance -- to have her breasts reconstructed in this innovative, still experimental way. She had to do it through a clinical trial, and she became the first woman in the U.S. to have the procedure. Check out the video of her telling (and showing) her story. (Warning: It's a bit graphic, but truly fascinating!)

Suzanne and the other women's stories bring you to tears, right? Me too ... It's absolutely astonishing to see how this procedure works. But as emotional as it made Suzanne and as it should make any woman, the fact that this isn't already our first line option for breast reconstruction is also truly maddening. Breast cancer survivors deserve better. With hope, Suzanne's journey will pave the way for American women to have better without delay.

What do you think about Suzanne's story and this possible option for breast reconstruction?

 

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MamaB... MamaBear2cubs

What an interesting story,She is such a strong woman!

bills... billsfan1104

Let me correct you. Conservatives do not object the use of Adult stem cells. Some of them are opposed to Embryonic(sp?) stem cell, because they destroy a life. There is a huge difference between the both. Besides, they are showing great strides with adult stem cells, as opposed to embryonic stem cells. So what I see Suzanne trying is not all that bad.

Krist... KristinRox

I think i would definitely have to do a bit more research before I could give my opinion on such a touchy subject. It sounds promising, but Im still unsure. 

mille... millerbunch

sounds very interesting..


the things that can be done..wow

hilla... hillary819

 I am fascinated by what scientists are now able to do with stem cells and am excited to see future developments.  I am quite conservative politically, but I have no problem with stem cell research, AS LONG AS the stem cells do not come from embryos. Please do not demean all conservative Americans when you obviously don't even understand what most of us believe.


As for the actual procedure, this is just fascinating to me!  I agree as to "Why is this not the 1st option?"  This is just amazing and hopefully only the beginning of many more breakthroughs!

Sigala2 Sigala2

I saw her on Dr.Oz, her Doctor says you must wait 5 years after your surgery for this reconstruction. Suzanne also said not to let your surgeon remove your skin, nipple. What about cancer cells? If you saw this show, she was making faces when the other side of the panel discussed that it is too early to see how safe this alternative is. Cancer unfortunately happens to us no matter how healthy of a lifestyle we lead. It happened to me at 47 and I have no regrets with my mastectomy. Good  luck Suzanne, keep an open mind and respect other peoples choices how they decide on their surgeries and treatments.

daerc... daerca574

what an amazing woman!  glad there are more options out there, but would be hesitant until all the experimenting has been ok'd.

elasmimi elasmimi

If I survived cancer, I don't know if I would be willing to submit to an experimental treatment, but fortunately, I have not had to make the decision. Good luck to her.

elasmimi elasmimi

I am also conservative politically, and am all for continuing research with ADULT stem cells.

grand... grandmalove1

Suzanne you are truly a blessing for all woman to courageously undergo this experimental surgery. I'd like to express my gratitude and appreciation for all your valuable time and effort  that you put forth in fighting breast cancer. You are one beautiful spiritual woman. God bless you and your family. 


 

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