More than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. There are currently about 2.5 million women in the United States who have survived the disease.
Dr. Beth Anglin, Dr. Ricardo Meade, and their colleagues at The Breast Center at The Medical Center of Plano are dedicated to finding and implementing new procedures and techniques that can help breast-cancer patients make the best-informed decisions possible about how to proceed with treatment, and afterward to regain quickly the sense that they have been restored to physical and emotional wholeness.
One such innovation is the distribution, with each and every mammogram, of information on the availability of genetic testing. It is critical that such testing be conducted if a patient’s family history suggests she may have inherited a specific genetic mutation which puts her at greatly increased risk of developing invasive breast cancer.
Dr. Meade, director of the Breast Reconstruction Section of the NAPBC Accreditation Committee at The Medical Center of Plano, is one of the first surgeons in North Texas to offer several new approaches to breast conservation and reconstruction. These include one-step nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, fat grafting, and deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flaps. Many of these innovative procedures draw on Dr. Meade's specialized training and long experience in the application of advanced microsurgical techniques.