Dr. Leo Keegan Comments on New Breast Cancer Treatment

New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Leo Keegan comments on a recent NBC Nightly News video about a unique treatment for early stage breast cancer. You can view the original video here.

Breast conservation has invariably meant 6 weeks of total breast radiation. This treatment is costly, time consuming, and results in a permanent fibrosis of the treated soft tissue. This often becomes a clinical issue if a women suffers from a recurrent cancer, rendering her reconstructive options more limited or difficult. This may portend an intriguing option for some breast cancer patients. No one can disagree with the decreased cost associated with this approach or with the reported decreased damage to the surrounding soft tissue. The key factor will be proving its long term efficacy and showing that there is no increased risk of cancer recurrence. Looking further afield,could this be an approach for a patient who has a recurrent cancer after mastectomy? Further study will be needed to answer these questions and to help determine which patients are appropriate candidates for this approach.

Plastic Surgery New York Leo Keegan, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Plastic Surgeon Leo Keegan has a keen interest in giving back. Shortly after he finished his training, Dr. Keegan became the Co Medical Director for the Avon 3-Day Walk to benefit breast cancer research. He regularly volunteers on medical missions despite a full surgery schedule and two offices in New York City and Englewood, New Jersey. He traveled to Honduras with a group of Mt Sinai Medical School students, and to Haiti with a team of colleagues who are members of the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2011, Dr. Keegan went to Vietnam with the Tran Tien Foundation (www.trantienfoundation.org) a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical care and supportive/social services to the underprivileged and underserved in Hue, Vietnam. He looks forward to returning to Vietnam again this spring to continue his work with this group. Along with Dr. Carlin Vickery, Dr. Keegan is part of New York’s longest-tenured microsurgical team, and he maintains an academic appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

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