I am a practicing breast surgeon on Long Island. I read with interest your article about Harvey Singer. It is quite unfortunate that he had a difficult bout with breast cancer, and that he was unable to find a plastic surgeon that has reconstructed a male breast. I have offered breast reconstruction to every male I have seen with breast cancer. Most don’t seem particularly interested. However, I did have one who had a DIEP flap reconstruction.
While it is not common (since male breast cancer is not common), the plastic surgeons I work with are familiar and have some experience with it. I do agree there is discrimination toward men regarding this, and I am often frowned upon when discussing this among medical colleagues. However, it is available, and I agree there needs to be increased awareness about the desire for men to be offered this option.
Erna Busch-Devereaux, MD
Read Singer’s candid interview with William Payton in PSP’s October 2014 issue. http://tinyurl.com/kcawy2p
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