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Doctors Help Reconstruct Hope for Breast Cancer Survivors

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This morning we're sharing survivor stories. In May, Angelina Jolie revealed she underwent a preventative double mastectomy, making the decision to remove both her breasts after finding out she had an 87% chance of developing cancer. She's since had her breasts reconstructed, but what about the everyday women trying to rebuild their lives and their breasts after beating cancer?

They've lost their breasts, but not their lives.

Leila Grossman is a breast cancer survivor. She's talking about her breasts. First a mammogram, then a biopsy. In 2011, Grossman found herself going under the knife for the first time in her life to fight cancer. When the worst was over, she began the long road to recover, including breast reconstruction. It's essentially a tummy tuck. Using deep belly tissue to rebuild the lost breast after a mastectomy. Another option, the implant based reconstruction, using expanders to create new tissue for reconstruction. They're 2 of the most popular surgeries Dr. Bruce Shack does at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

It's been a life-changing alteration for Lisa Barrett. She was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2012.

Thanks to these doctors, it's what they can now wear as a sign of survival. The American Cancer Society predicts over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time this year.

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