Jessica Garvin


Presentation: 1:15-2:30 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide and the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States? There are currently nearly 4 million women in the United States alone that are diagnosed with breast cancer and as many as 50% of cancer patients who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy elect to have breast reconstruction surgery. Restoring the anatomical wholeness of someone is just as important to a person mentally as it is physically. With the multitude of people that are victims of breast cancer, understanding the different approaches to how the removal of malignant breast tissue is done and how breast reconstruction takes place, has value to learn about. The purpose of this study is to share and explain some of the different approaches breast cancer patients may choose after a lumpectomy or mastectomy to restore anatomical correctness. Among several of the different options available, implant reconstruction is one of the most popular reconstruction techniques. This works by utilizing a breast implant to replace the breast tissue that was removed to restore the original shape and volume. A second widely-used surgical procedure used for reconstruction is autologous reconstruction. Autologous reconstruction is also commonly known as “flap” reconstruction, this works by using skin, fat and sometimes muscle from areas such as the abdomen or buttocks to better resemble breast tissue in look and feel. Fortunately, there are many options for patients that may decide to undergo reconstructive surgery and there are many innovative techniques constantly being discovered. This study is able to educate and also bring awareness to ways that breast cancer can be prevented and also serve as a resource to learn an in-depth understanding of options breast cancer patients have after cancer removal.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

John Lyman

Primary Advisor's Department

Premedical Programs


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Scholarship; Community; Vocation

Surgical Reconstructive Techniques Within The Management Of Breast Cancer