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Double Mastectomy: Do I Cut Off the Opposite Breast?
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Double Mastectomy: Do I Cut Off the Opposite Breast?

Sometimes having many options makes decision making more difficult rather than easier. And deciding whether or not to undergo a mastectomy only on the affected breast, as opposed to both breasts, can be as vexing a decision process as any. Add to this the fact that your head is already spinning from a dozen other issues surrounding your diagnosis of breast cancer, and it’s a...

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13 Mar 2016
Brook Kwalick’s Story — Diagnosis to Reconstruction
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Brook Kwalick’s Story — Diagnosis to Reconstruction

Brook Kwalick bravely recounted her story from breast cancer diagnosis to treatment and on to reconstruction through a DIEP flap. She offers a wealth of wisdom to women early in their diagnosis. Kwalick explains how she first began down the past to reconstruction, “My surgeon said to me, ‘Have you thought about reconstruction?’ I was like…You’re dealing with so much, unless someone tells you, ‘Have you...

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14 Dec 2015
Simplifying Breast Cancer- You Are ALL That Matters
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Simplifying Breast Cancer- You Are ALL That Matters

If you’ve heard the words, “your biopsy came back as breast cancer” within the last two weeks, your head is probably spinning.  You’ve heard about more medical specialists (breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists, reconstructive surgeons, breast imaging radiologists, and then some)...

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21 Oct 2015
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Dagmar Herbstreuter

I had a nagging suspicion something was wrong when I felt a lump in my right breast, though I have no family history of breast cancer. My official diagnosis came on March 13, 2013 and turned my life upside down. Never having experienced such agony before, the only way I could describe it to my husband was that my soul hurt. What I recall of...

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17 Sep 2015
Living with Breast Cancer: Lymphedema
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Living with Breast Cancer: Lymphedema

Lymphatic swelling: a common side effect of breast cancer surgery Lymphedema is the continual swelling or feeling of fullness, usually in the different extremities, as a result of a blockage in the lymphatic system. This blockage prevents lymphatic fluid from draining efficiently from the affected limb. There are two main types of lymphedema, based on their causes: primary and acquired. Primary lymphedema is often hereditary...

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04 Sep 2015
Breast Surgery: What to Expect
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Breast Surgery: What to Expect

Throughout your adolescent and adult years, you may have felt your breasts were a symbol of your womanhood. You may feel overwhelmed, discouraged, or frightened listening to your physician discuss disfiguring or removing one or both breasts entirely. Deciding which procedure to undergo wreaks havoc on your emotions, often raising a lot of fear and doubt about the surgical process. If you are not given a...

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04 Sep 2015
I Have Breast Cancer; Where Do I Start?
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I Have Breast Cancer; Where Do I Start?

WOW, breast cancer. If you’re reading this, then you are searching for answers about all things breast cancer. You may have been diagnosed with cancer or you may have learned of a genetic predisposition and gathering as much information as possible. You may be a family member, spouse, or a great friend helping someone who has been diagnosed. No matter the reason, you are here...

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04 Sep 2015
Getting a Second Opinion?
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Getting a Second Opinion?

You’ve seen the test results, discussed treatment options with your physician, and asked a million questions. Yet there is still something nagging at you. And by now you’ve had more advice from physicians, friends, and family than you can possibly process. Add to that all the research you’re doing, and that mountain of information just reached amazing heights. Yet that little doubt keeps telling you...

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03 Sep 2015