Breast Cancer and Reconstruction With Terri Coutee

“Take time to do the research,” says Terri Coutee, Founder and Director of DiepCFoundation.org. Terri is a two-time breast cancer survivor and passionate advocate who educates breast cancer patients about their reconstruction options and encourages all cancer patients to make informed decisions about their health.

Terri founded DiepCFoundation.org after her own DIEP flap reconstruction surgery in 2014. A lifelong educator, Terri now helps others navigate their own breast cancer journeys.

In this video, she discusses breast reconstruction, finding a qualified surgeon, shared decision-making, the importance of “hitting the pause button” and more. Watch now to learn from a patient advocate.

Key Takeaways

  • Patients facing a mastectomy should discuss breast reconstruction with their surgeon, whether they plan to do it or not—an informed patient is an empowered patient.
  • DIEP flap breast reconstruction uses a patient’s own tissue to rebuild the breast without compromising any muscles and should be performed by a board-certified microsurgeon.
  • Be willing to “hit the pause button” and take time to research your options before making any major decisions about your health and body.
This article was originally published April 7, 2020 and most recently updated May 1, 2020.
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