I was very pleased to give the first live interview on Facebook for the Formosa Cancer Foundation last Friday. Over the 25-minute live broadcast, we talked about the care for post breast cancer patients, with special emphasis on breast reconstruction and breast cancer-related lymphedema. Microsurgical deep inferior epigastric perforator flap is the state-of-art technique for breast reconstruction with a natural permanent and symmetric breast mound. The lymphoscintigraphy and indocyanine green lymphography are the important tools for acute diagnosis of breast cancer-related lymphedema. Lymphovenous anastomosis and vascularized lymph node transfer may improve breast cancer-related lymphedema with a good 40x microscope and well-experienced microsurgeon.
As a doctor, I always feel my responsibility is not only to cure the disease for my patients but also ensure the quality of their lives. I hope this interview is educational and encouraging for the patients with breast cancers or lymphedema.