One year later and officially cancer free, each time Shelly looked in the mirror she still didn’t feel quite like herself. After much consideration and discussion with her care team and family, Shelly decided she wanted to pursue breast reconstruction surgery at Stonegate Plastic Surgery. During the TRAM flap procedure, a plastic surgeon removed a section of skin, fat, blood vessels, and muscle from the lower half of her belly and moved it up to the chest to form a breast shape.
Since the procedure Shelly said she feels more confident in her own skin. Even with an implant, she continues to have a 3D mammogram once a year which allows radiologists the ability to examine breast tissue one thin layer at a time, making fine details more visible and less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue. Shelly also follows up with oncologist, Edmund Paloyan, MD, regularly to ensure the cancer doesn’t return.
"The best advice I would have for women battling breast cancer or considering a mastectomy is to listen to your doctors and trust your care team."