Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery Provides New Hope for Survivors


Recovery from breast cancer is a difficult experience, and surgery to restore nipples from breast tissue after a mastectomy has historically produced unsatisfying physical results. However, doctoral student Nick Pashos has developed a new method of nipple grafting using nipple tissue taken from donors or from women having a mastectomy. Pashos was initially studying ways to regrow human lungs, but was inspired by a Netflix documentary about the gender change surgery of Chaz Bono to change course.

This is an exciting development in reconstructive surgery research. Real nipple reconstruction may help women undergoing mastectomies feel more complete after having plastic surgery.

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