New normal: A breast reconstruction patient story

A breast reconstruction surgery patient shares her story from diagnosis to DIEP flap reconstruction.“I think one of my lowest points was when I found out I was actually going to have a mastectomy,” Linda said. “That word was so scary…it was a word that you read, but to think this was going to be my journey was really frightening.”

Linda Van Howe is one of the many women being treated for breast cancer who had breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.

A new study shows that the rate of breast reconstruction for patients like Linda has gone up dramatically over time. Researchers found that 46 percent of patients received reconstruction in 1998 but that figure rose to 63 percent by 2007. Continue reading