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A Look Back at the Fifth Annual Breast Cancer Summit

5th-annualThe Fifth Annual Breast Cancer Summit was held on November 13th in Woodbury, New York. There were hundreds of people who attended, which included breast cancer experts, survivors, researchers, doctors, nurses, and support groups. Those who were not well enough to attend in person were able to watch a livestream of the event from the comfort of their own home.

Our team at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group hosts this event every year to help those diagnosed with breast cancer. The purpose of the Summit is to bring the community together and educate them on the latest advancements in cancer detection, treatment, and reconstruction. We strive to educate the public by offering resources and providing support as individuals go through their fight against breast cancer.

One of the major topics at this year’s Summit was how the government is involved in educating women about their reconstructive options. We are excited to report that on December 18th, 2015, the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act was signed into law by President Obama. Under this new law, the HHS secretary is required to plan and implement an education campaign that informs breast cancer patients about the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction and other post-mastectomy alternatives. Educational materials created by the secretary will inform women of their right to breast reconstruction under federal law, and provide women with information about when breast reconstruction or prostheses may be appropriate within their recovery plan.

View this year’s event in the video below:

Watch The Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Summit Anytime

The summit took place on October 7th. Long Island Plastic Surgical Group is proud to continue this program in the fourth year. View the complete Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Summit at

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Breast Cancer Summit Speaker Fran Drescher’s “Cancer Schmancer”

Actress Fran Drescher, a survivor of uterine cancer, wrote her book Cancer Schmancer to chronicle her experiences and help other women navigate the healthcare system, transforming them from patients to “medical consumers”. Drescher is the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Summit on October 7th, 2014, sponsored by Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. Watch the video below to learn more about Drescher and her Cancer Schmancer Movement.

LIPSG to Sponsor Annual Breast Cancer Summit

Join Long Island Plastic Surgical Group for the Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Summit on October 7th with celebrity speaker Fran Drescher. Seating is limited, reserve your spot today!


New York Breast Cancer Summit Focuses on Education and Awareness

Dr. Roger L. Simpson, President, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, PC and Nassau County Executive, Hon. Edward P. Mangano present a Lifetime Achievement award to Cynthia Nixon.

Dr. Roger L. Simpson, President, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, PC and Nassau County Executive, Hon. Edward P. Mangano present a Lifetime Achievement award to Cynthia Nixon.

Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) is proud to have sponsored the Third Annual Breast Cancer Summit held this past September. LIPSG has a history of commitment to education, and this conference serves as a meeting ground for medical professionals, breast cancer survivors, and advocacy groups to exchange their varied experiences and ideas.

The purpose of the Breast Cancer Summit is to raise awareness about breast cancer and breast reconstruction possibilities available while simultaneously discussing the latest innovations in reconstructive techniques and technology. From learning how to identify and manage hereditary cancers to sharing survival stories, this annual conference offers something of value for all in attendance. This year, the keynote address was delivered by Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City, who shared her own personal experience with the disease.

At the Breast Reconstruction Center, our doctors and nurses welcome opportunities to come together to raise awareness and work toward continually improving breast reconstruction techniques. Through sharing knowledge and building our skills, we strive to restore a sense of normalcy for women who have suffered from breast cancer while treating them with the level of care and compassion they deserve.

To view a complete replay of the summit, including Cynthia Nixon’s keynote address, click here.

To learn more about the plastic surgeons at the Breast Reconstruction Center and how they can help breast cancer patients, please contact our office today.

Dr. Douglas Discusses Angelina Jolie’s Breast Reconstruction

Long Island Plastic Surgeon Dr. Barry Douglas sat down with FiOs1 News to comment on the news that actress Angelina Jolie underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy after learning that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene.

Click on the video below to view the segment.

Law Aims to Boost Breast Cancer Detection

July 23, 2012 (Newsday)– Doctors will be required to inform women whose mammograms show dense breast tissue about cancer risks, under legislation that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law Monday.

Under the new law, women with dense tissue will be told that while this is not abnormal, it can make detecting breast cancers more difficult and may be associated with an increased risk of cancer…Read the full article

South Nassau Communities Hospital and Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Enrolling Patients in Study of New Tissue Expansion Method for Women Undergoing Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy

June 19, 2012 ( — South Nassau Communities Hospital and Long Island Plastic Surgical Group are enrolling mastectomy patients into a clinical study designed to evaluate a new tissue expansion method for those who choose to undergo breast reconstruction. This randomized, controlled clinical study is designed to directly compare the outcomes of the traditional saline tissue expansion method to an investigational, remote-controlled, needle-free, carbon dioxide-based tissue expansion system known as The AeroForm™ Patient Controlled Tissue Expander System.

Tissue expansion is a process required to stretch the skin and tissue at the site of a mastectomy so that a standard saline or silicone breast implant can be placed.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the study, please contact Shawna Moscowitz at (516) 535-6707 or email

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Breast Cancer Patient Education Act introduced in House

June 11, 2012 (Plastic Surgery News Extra) — Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives on June 8 would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to plan and implement an education campaign aimed at informing mastectomy patients of breast reconstruction availability and coverage, and of prostheses and other replacement options.

Educational materials resulting from the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (H.R. 5937) would inform women that breast reconstruction is possible at the time of breast cancer surgery; that it may be delayed until after other treatments; or that they may choose not to have reconstruction and be informed of the availability of prostheses or breast forms…Read the full article

Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2012

June 8, 2012 ( — To amend the Public Health Service Act to raise awareness of, and to educate breast cancer patients anticipating surgery regarding, the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses, and other options…Read the bill

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons launches National BRA Day

May 17, 2012 (ASPS)– The American Society of Plastic Surgeons launches National BRA Day to promote education, raise funds for research and improve access to women eligible for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. National Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day, will take place on October 17, 2012. Renowned singer-songwriter, philanthropist and breast cancer advocate Jewel will serve as the national spokesperson. This year, the U.S. and 20 other countries will join an international effort to increase awareness for breast reconstruction options after a mastectomy…Read the full article

After Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction Is Safe for Older Women

December 13, 2011 (HealthDay News) — Breast reconstruction is safe for older breast cancer patients who’ve had a mastectomy, according to a new study.

Mastectomy is surgical removal of the breast.

“The removal of a breast has implications for the psychological, social and sexual well-being of the patient, establishing the need that reconstruction should be offered,” Dr. Marissa Howard-McNatt, an assistant professor of surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, S.C., said in a center news release. “However, little is known about rates of reconstruction in elderly women after breast cancer…Read the full article

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies May Be Right for Some

October 27, 2011 (HealthDay News) — Nipple-sparing mastectomy is safe and effective for certain breast cancer patients and women who have their breasts removed because they’re at high risk for breast cancer, according to a new study.
For both groups of women, the procedure provides a more natural looking and normal feeling reconstructed breast compared to other types of mastectomy, the Georgetown University Medical Center researchers said in a news release…Read the full article

Eight Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

October 11, 2011 (HealthiNation) –

  1. Maintain a healthy weight by choosing nutritious foods and limiting portion sizes.
  2. Choose whole grains instead of refined grain products.
  3. Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
  4. Limit processed and red meat in your diet.
  5. Engage in moderate to vigorous exercise regularly.

Read the full list

New Law Offers More Info To Breast Cancer Patients

October 23, 2010 (CBS New York) — A new law passed that will require hospitals to give women undergoing mastectomies all their options when it comes to reconstructive surgery, CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reports. Click here to watch the video.

When a Mammogram Isn’t Enough

October 14, 2010 ( — When Hallie Leighton received the letter from her doctor with the results of her recent mammogram, she opened it tentatively, afraid of what it might say. Her mother and grandmother had both had breast cancer, and she didn’t want to suffer the same fate.
She was relieved, then, when she read this sentence: “We are pleased to inform you that the results of your recent breast imaging examination on 04/16/2009 are normal.”
A year later, during her annual visit to her gynecologist, Leighton’s relief turned to shock…Read the full article

Are Breast Cancer Patients Being Kept in the Dark?

July 7, 2009, American Society of Plastic Surgeons — Despite the increase of breast reconstruction procedures performed in 2008, nearly 70 percent of women who are eligible for the procedure are not informed of the reconstructive options available to them, according to a recently published report. Newly released statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows there were more than 79,000 breast reconstruction procedures performed in 2008 – a 39 percent increase over 2007. But in spite of this, current research suggests that many breast cancer patients are missing out on a key conversation that should take place at the time of diagnosis. Every woman deserves a conversation, because every woman deserves a choice.

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Following New Paths in Breast Reconstruction

October 2008, Plastic Surgery Practice — The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer sometime during her life is about one in eight. Many breast cancer patients will consult with a plastic surgeon during their treatment for reconstruction of their breast or breasts, or to repair deformities caused by a lumpectomy operation.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. PSP discussed advances in breast reconstructive techniques with board-certified plastic surgeon Laurence T. Glickman, MD, FACS, MSc, FRCS(C), FACS…Read the full article