With hundreds of thousands of new cases diagnosed each year, breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer.
For years, women assumed their options for treatment and surgery were limited — that they would lose their breasts or be disfigured.
However, two new physicians at Summit Health, located in Franklin County in South Central Pennsylvania, are showing patients it doesn’t have to be that way.
At Summit Breast Care Services, patients are now offered reconstructive surgery as part of their cancer treatment program.
Breast care specialist Lori Oetting Eakin, MD, and plastic surgeon Wayne Ledinh, MD, were brought onto the Summit Health team as part of the expansion of breast cancer care services.
Wayne Ledinh, MD
Dr. Ledinh joined Summit Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Center after completing a three-year fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.
Dr. Eakin, a dedicated breast surgeon, is the most recent member to join Summit Health’s breast cancer care team. She provides care for both men and women with breast issues and works with other cancer care team members to develop a treatment plan for patients with breast cancer.
For Dr. Eakin, specializing in breast health was an opportunity to help women receive the personalized care they wanted and deserved.
Lori Oetting Eakin, MD
“I was interested in specializing in breast surgery because it’s like a bit of a puzzle at times,” she says. “You have to look at the genetics part, the behavior potential for the disease, and the available treatments, and then take all the parts of that to create a full picture.
“I always look at the potential for reconstruction and an overall cosmetic improvement, if warranted, by combining forces with the plastic surgeon.”
Dr. Eakin and Dr. Ledinh work closely together to make the patient’s surgery and reconstruction as seamless as possible.
“There’s a newer technique called single-stage breast reconstruction in which we do the reconstruction immediately at the time of the patient’s mastectomy,” says Dr. Ledinh. “We can’t do it in everybody, but you can do it in some patients where you put the final implant in right away. The patient leaves the hospital with a good result.”
Providing these services in Franklin County and keeping patients close to home is an enormous benefit to patients, especially when they have follow-up care that might take place every two weeks or more often, he says.
“For patients, to have their breast cancer removal surgery and their reconstruction done in the same sitting, and then be able to stay in town and have good care here in Franklin County — that’s a huge relief,” says Dr. Ledinh.
For more information about Summit Breast Care Services, visit SummitHealth.org or call 717-709-6599.