New procedure for double mastectomy patients - AmericaNowNews.com

Health

Donor tissue for breast cancer patients

Polly Irwin is a registered nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. Her mother died before the age of 45 from breast cancer. She knew she carried the same gene, so she recently had a double-mastectomy.

She chose reconstructive surgery, but not implants. She received tissue from a donor.

Polly never imagined after working at the Cleveland Clinic for several years that some of her coworkers would be performing the life-changing transplant.

"I've been pretty much guaranteed [about] 99 percent that I will not get breast cancer at this point in my life," said Irwin.

Dr. Risal Djohan is Polly's doctor and says this type of transplant is easier on the patient.

"It's better. The recovery - basically you supplement it without dissecting your own tissue," says Djohan.

And there is no need for anti-rejection medication.

Tissue donation for breast reconstruction has been around for nearly a decade.

But it's new for Polly, and it will be for her daughter, who will have the same procedure. She too carries the same cancer gene as her mother.

Copyright 2013 America Now. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-07-18 16:10:28 GMT
    Fugitive Fridays tracks down Central Virginia's most wanted. Take a look at the photos and see if you can help police track down these suspects.
    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.
  • Six deadly foods for dogs

    Six deadly foods for dogs

    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. One woman found that out the hard way when her dog ate a bunch of grapes! Turns out, that's one of the most dangerous foods
    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. But these common snacks could be fatal for Fido.
  • Physicians warn against giving melatonin to children

    Physicians warn against giving melatonin to children

    Parents desperate to get their troubled sleepers to bed are turning to synthetic melatonin, which is a supplement sold over the counter. But expert warn it could have adverse effects on child development.
    Many adults turn to sleep aids like melatonin, but now more parents are giving them to their kids, too. We talked to physicians to see what they had to say about how it could affect your child's development.
Powered by WorldNow