Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, talks about the postponed breast cancer surgeries, screenings and treatments and how patient outcomes may have been affected because of the pandemic.
OMAHA, NE – November 01, 2020 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, has posted a new article on her website entitled, “Call To Revisit Breast Cancer Patients Amidst The Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.” Dr. Adetayo encourages breast cancer patients and survivors to follow up on health care needs now that many restrictions have been lifted.
Dr. Adetayo writes, “As Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close, I can’t help but wonder how many breast cancer diagnoses were delayed, screenings postponed, surgeries deferred at the height of the pandemic, and how many patients and their outcomes may have been affected because of the pandemic.” She continues, “There is no question that COVID-19 has adversely affected the health of many men and women, and breast cancer is no exception. We may never know how many lives have been, and will be, changed as a result.”
As Dr. Adetayo notes, “Back in March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and local and state governments recommended that healthcare systems delay elective care, meaning surgeries, screenings, and other treatments that were not considered urgent or emergencies.” She states, “It had to be done. We needed to keep everyone safe. Hospitals needed to cancel certain types of surgeries to protect patients and conserve resources such as hospital beds, personal protective equipment (PPE), and blood supply so these could be used to care for seriously ill patients with COVID-19.’
According to Dr. Adetayo, “Even though the elective surgeries were delayed, they were not permanently canceled.” She encourages, “Please remember that if your elective surgery was delayed, this does not mean that it was not a necessary surgery. If you haven’t revisited your health care needs, now is the time to do so. Now that some of the earlier restrictions have been lifted and more resources are available in different parts of the country, doctors are able to look at each person’s unique situation and diagnosis and decide how best to proceed. For breast cancer patients and survivors, please be sure to follow up on your health needs.”
The entire article can be read at: https://seunadetayo.com/2020/10/29/call-to-revisit-breast-cancer-patients-amidst-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic/
About Dr. Adetayo
Dr. Seun Adetayo currently practices in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon and a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is a Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Adetayo is unique in her field. As a gifted surgeon operating in a competitive field, Dr. Adetayo is also the first foreign-born (Nigerian) female minority surgeon to have built a successful nationally accredited multidisciplinary program for children with birth defects in Northeastern New York. She continued in this trajectory of helping patients and families as she now heads the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery where she serves as the Chief at the Children’s Hospital. Her journey has been dedicated to caring for patients and their families; mentorship for students, residents, and faculty; advocacy for legislation at local and national level; research; education; and community engagement and leadership. She shares her journey and strategies for success via her print material, meeting panels, blogs, and speaking engagements.
Dr Adetayo has authored several book chapters in leading texts, including the second edition of Comprehensive Cleft Care which is an authoritative text volume on cleft and craniofacial disorders and treatment. She also authored a chapter in the Family Companion Guide for educating patients and families with cleft and craniofacial diagnoses. She was also the author of the chapter on treatment of zygoma fractures in the text Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery.
She has received over 40 awards and recognition, and her work has resulted in over 50 published works and over 60 presented works at regional, national, and international meetings. She is published in peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, and Journal of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics.
Dr Adetayo plays an important role in mentoring and education in surgery, healthcare, and professional circles. She served as an invited surgeon and surgical educator during her last mission trip to Zimbabwe, where she served as the lead surgeon and guest lecturer for various hands-on plastic surgical reconstructions and teaching sessions. She is active in Women In Leadership lectures and advocacy. She served as a speaker for the Synthes collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Company on Improving Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare, and was one of four selected panelist speakers on Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery International Program by L’Oreal in conjunction with Resurge International. She was an invited speaker at the 2019 Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA) annual Women In Leadership Conference in upstate New York. In January 2020, she served as the Keynote Speaker for the Stryker Women’s Network National Conference National Women in Surgery and Leadership event in California.
Dr. Adetayo has served in various community leadership positions including Chairperson of the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Co-President of the Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Society, Co-President of the Pritzker REMEDY Cuba Medical Aid Mission, Coordinator of the Chicago Local Chapter of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) program for inner city Chicago school kids. She currently serves as Managing Editor and Co-Chair of the Learning Resource Committee of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA).
She has been involved in various medical education and surgical trips to several countries including Cuba, Haiti, Nigeria, Peru, and Zimbabwe as educator and surgeon. She was awarded a Diploma of Honor conferred by the President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. She collaborates on meaningful initiatives with various international organizations including Rotary International and The Smile Train on improving surgical outcomes, healthcare delivery, patient safety, and quality control standards in surgical reconstruction. She continues to be active in advocacy and philanthropic efforts in developing children and advancing communities.