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In 2010, New York enacted a law requiring hospitals to inform breast cancer patients of their reconstruction options. Then Ohio followed suit in January of 2014. We are making progress! Let's keep fighting to make this a requirement for all states!
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 26,954
Sponsored by: The Breast Cancer Site

A breast cancer diagnosis can present a woman with countless uncertainties. With all of the distress associated with a diagnosis, a woman deserves to know every option that's available to her.

When breast cancer is diagnosed, there are a few treatment methods available. She can have the lump removed (lumpectomy), or she can opt to have one or both breasts removed (mastectomy). An additional option — that many are unaware of — is to have both breasts reconstructed. If a woman undergoes a mastectomy, but isn't presented with the option to have her breasts reconstructed at the same time, she may have to endure another painful surgical experience.

Women should know exactly what's accessible to them upon diagnosis so they can make informed decisions about their own treatment. Many bills have been created to push this agenda on a national level, but so far none have been enacted.

Sign the petition today, calling for a law that would require doctors to inform breast cancer patients of all of their options before they undergo surgery.

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Dear President Obama:

I applaud you for making healthcare a priority for your administration. I'd like to draw your attention to an issue that has been cycling through different versions of the same bill for years; doctors aren't always informing their breast cancer patients of all the options available to them upon diagnosis. This needs to change.

Many women do not know that, in addition to lumpectomies and mastectomies, they also have the option to undergo breast reconstruction. Having the opportunity to opt for reconstruction removes much of the stress and time spent associated with undergoing each procedure separately. In this light, otherwise long and arduous surgeries could potentially be minimized greatly.

A woman with breast cancer should be given every opportunity to reduce the stresses and hardships associated with a cancer diagnosis, and doctors should be required to help her do so.

I am writing to ask that you push strongly to make this into law, so that every woman knows the options available to her.


Petition Signatures

Jan 21, 2018 Jane Stacey-Merrill I insisted on oncotype and doctor was wrong about treatment. He asked me how I knew about that test. How dare he not tell me about that test. There are so many more options for treatment, but I was not given any. Today I no longer trust medical people.
Jan 21, 2018 Linda Gutke
Jan 17, 2018 cara frame
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Gwen Pruitt
Jan 12, 2018 Debbie Drong
Jan 11, 2018 Tanja Stanfield
Jan 7, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Jan 7, 2018 thomas friedman
Jan 1, 2018 john pivirotto
Dec 22, 2017 Rebecca Breeding
Dec 22, 2017 Frances Keshka
Dec 21, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Dec 17, 2017 Pat B Had to look it all up myself, except for a cold book they gave me to read and sent me on my way. I felt very alone.
Dec 17, 2017 Sandi Muise
Dec 15, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Dec 15, 2017 Elizabeth Pope
Dec 15, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Dec 9, 2017 donna selquist
Dec 6, 2017 robert dowling
Dec 6, 2017 Charlene Sipe
Dec 5, 2017 Mariah Oyondi
Dec 5, 2017 John Dalla
Dec 3, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Dec 1, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 22, 2017 Beverly Brzycki
Nov 17, 2017 Paul Statman
Nov 17, 2017 Misti Lee
Nov 14, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 12, 2017 Laurie Dunaj Every woman needs all options given..not just what is in the plastic surgeons skill set. Healthcare is money driven..they want you to stay in their health system...Do your research and puck the best reconstruction for you. Don't be rushed into ANY decisio
Nov 12, 2017 Sgt. Grit Call your Representative and your Senators contract the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a New Veteran Disabled Benefit Law who is 100 percent should be granted the G4implants for free from a Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist
Nov 7, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 7, 2017 Pamela Llewellyn
Nov 7, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Nov 6, 2017 Tracy Massa Besides knowing all options, lymphedema treatment should also be covered for breast cancer patients or any patients with this unfortunate condition.
Oct 31, 2017 Teresa Kohl
Oct 28, 2017 Sonia F
Oct 28, 2017 Jolene Harrell
Oct 27, 2017 Judy Kane
Oct 27, 2017 Rene Flagg Flagg
Oct 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 26, 2017 Gail Brumleve
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 23, 2017 William Clark Doctors should be concerned with all options and costs, instead of just going with the most expensive and invasive.
Oct 23, 2017 Debbie Tam
Oct 18, 2017 colonel meyer
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please, please help us make the best informed decision we can on how to best treat our disease. We need all the info. up front. Thank you
Oct 14, 2017 JoAnn Garrity MD's should be informing patients of all practices and where they can receive them, if they themselves do not believe or offer other treatments. Radiation doesn't have to take 5 weeks for most women. Wish I had known about this 7 years ago
Oct 12, 2017 Linda y

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