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Cancer patients seeking info on breast reconstruction can now turn to an iPhone app

The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, based in New Orleans, is releasing the first-of-its-kind iPhone app that is targeted at women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and those who have undergone a mastectomy.

The free app enables these breast cancer patients to learn about the newest and most advanced breast reconstruction techniques that are available following the removal of the diseased breast.

The app was developed by surgeons at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and the St. Charles Surgical Hospital. It allows women to peruse before-and-after photos and get detailed information about each procedure.

“We are passionate about the information that this app is capable of delivering to all women facing a breast cancer diagnosis,” wrote Dr. Frank DellaCroce, one of the app’s creators, in a news release. “It will empower women in search of answers, and assist them in making better reconstructive decisions for themselves.”

The app has the so-called “Procedure Wizard,” a section within the app that uses a supercomputer to determine reconstructive options best suited for each patient. A user can anonymously answers a set of questions pertaining to her diagnosis and condition to generate a personalized analysis. The patient can also schedule an appointment with the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery from within the app.

Other resources for the patients include a “What to Ask” section that helps patients ask the right questions about surgery before their appointments.

Further, the app can help in scheduling and keeping track of all appointments during treatment, taking notes and recording messages or reminders while on the go. The app also has communication capability to keep the patient in contact with the center and the surgeon.

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