Facing breast cancer treatment can be very difficult, and securing funding for breast reconstruction can be another obstacle to face after treatment – especially if the patient took on a heavy financial burden to fund the treatment.

Fortunately, there are a number of charitable organizations and other options available in order to make breast reconstruction more affordable and realistic.

Problems Of Affordability

Breast cancer is a difficult diagnosis to face, especially when accompanied by the necessity of a mastectomy or similarly traumatic cancer treatment. Fortunately, modern medical science has made a variety of forms of breast reconstruction widely available for the majority of the population, even being covered under most common plans from both public and private insurers. But for many women who are uninsured or underinsured, breast reconstruction is simply not a financially viable option. Many of these women may not even be able to afford a basic mammogram.

This is complicated by the fact that many women have a false perception that breast reconstructive surgeries are always unnecessary or vain procedures. In fact, even women who have health plans that would cover breast reconstruction often refuse themselves the opportunity to undergo such procedures.

Charities Available

One charity available, BIONIC (Beauty Is Optional—Never, Improved, Changed) Girls, Inc., offers several support groups and forms of transportation for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization is another major charitable organization that can help women afford breast cancer treatment, though not breast reconstruction itself. The organization works by funding breast cancer research and offering grants for cancer screening and further treatment.

My Hope Chest, a nonprofit organization in Tampa that was started by a breast cancer survivor, is another charity that attempts to help breast cancer survivors afford reconstruction. However, like many charitable organizations, there is an extremely long waiting list for assistance.

Your Bosom Buddies is a support group in Florida that gives support and raises money for breast cancer survivors. The organization is also looking to branch out.

Other Resources

National BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day also helped to distribute information and resources to cancer patients with the option to undergo breast reconstruction. Organized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to fall on October 17, the event featured several fundraisers, driven by hospitals and peripheral organizations.

There are many large hospital networks, such as the Memorial Healthcare System, that can cover some forms of breast reconstruction for low-income patients who are eligible for pre-surgical cancer care. Many other hospitals throughout the country are able to work out specific payment plans, or assist uninsured patients in finding medical professionals who will perform the operation pro bono. Even so, there are really no guaranteed ways of securing financing for breast reconstruction, and breast reconstructive surgery paid out of pocket would cost several thousand dollars, at the very least.

For many women, breast reconstruction may not be covered by insurance, or may be too cost prohibitive to pursue. But a number of charitable organizations, fundraisers, and hospitals may make the surgery much easier to afford.