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01/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Plastic Surgeons Fail To Tell Cancer Patients About Breast Implant Alternatives

But even as promising new operations are gaining traction at academic medical centers, plastic surgeons often fail to tell patients about them. One reason is that not all surgeons have trained to perform the latest procedures. Another reason is money: some complex surgeries are less profitable for doctors and hospitals, so they have less of an incentive to offer them, doctors say.

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