Suzanne Somers Uses Stem Cell Therapy for Breast Reconstruction
Suzanne Somers, a breast cancer survivor who’s become known for her controversial advice against chemotherapy, has done something that other women can truly find hope in. She turned to stem-cell techniques to successfully reconstruct her breasts.
The actress, 65, underwent a lumpectomy and radiation 12 years ago, and since then, she says, she wasn’t happy with the appearance of her breasts. The radiation, she told “People” magazine, "left what breast I had flatter and flatter. I had a Double D on one side and on the other side I could hardly fill a B."
Dissatisfied with conventional breast-reconstruction procedures, the “Three’s Company” veteran researched further and discovered that Dr. Kotaro Yoshimura, a Japanese surgeon, had developed stem-cell breast reconstruction in 2004. After talking with Yoshimura, Somers was convinced and decided to go with an American doctor for the operation.
So she began a clinical trial that has been ongoing at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. The first patient to participate, Somers had fat removed from her stomach via liposuction. Then her surgeon, Dr. Joel Aronowitz, harvested stem cells from half the fat and combined it with the remaining amount.
After that, Aronowitz injected the mixture back into Somers’ breast until it matched her left one in size. (Somers had reduced her DD left breast to a C.)
Somers said she’s thrilled with the result and the implications for other breast-cancer survivors. I am so ensconced in what's cutting edge," she told “People.” "I get my thrill out of passing on information to women so they can have a better quality of life."