Search, Share, Spare Awareness Campaign Helping Breast Cancer Patients

Dr. Rache M. Simmons

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The American Cancer Society estimates more than 225,000 American women each year face a breast cancer diagnosis requiring surgery, yet only a small percentage will benefit from minimally-invasive surgery techniques that remove cancer and enable a more natural-looking reconstructed breast.

Studies have shown nearly 70% of patients with breast cancer do not discuss all surgical options with their surgeon before their initial surgery and that such a discussion significantly affects a woman’s treatment decision.

Further underscoring the need for patient education, new legislation was recently introduced in Congress which requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to plan and implement an education campaign to inform women of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses and other options. The "Breast Cancer Patient Education Act" seeks to inform and empower women to make health care decisions that best meet their personal needs.

Leading breast surgeon Dr. Rache Simmons discusses minimally-invasive breast surgery techniques and provides questions women should ask their doctors to find out if they are a candidate in the video below.

Dr. Simmons and notable breast surgeons nationwide are supporting the Search, Share, Spare Campaign, which urges women facing breast cancer surgery to visit to search for information, share what they learn and spare their breast.

About Rache M. Simmons, MD
Dr. Rache M. Simmons is Chief of Breast Surgery and a nationally and internationally renowned breast cancer surgeon at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center who is recognized for her innovations and contributions in the field of minimally invasive breast cancer surgery. Dr. Simmons is often interviewed by consumer media such as CNN, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, Fox News and ABC Evening News. Her research has been featured in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and Ladies Home Journal. She was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show about her pioneering work in the field of breast cancer surgery. She also serves in the leadership position of Assistant Dean for Faculty Diversity at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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