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Jessica Henslee

Jessica studied psychology and criminology, but has found her way to writing about breast reconstruction, appreciating that she gets to "play a very minor role in helping women handle their difficult journey through breast cancer." She has two very spoiled cats and a passion for listening to music--all the time.

Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Closer Look
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Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Closer Look

The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is a deeply personal one and for many women who are looking into autologous breast reconstruction, the process can also be confusing and daunting due to the number of possibilities that may be available. Autologous reconstruction uses a woman’s own body tissue to reconstruct a new breast and it creates a more natural-feeling breast. As with breast implants, this...

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26 Mar 2016
Abdominal Flap Reconstruction Techniques Have Different Outcomes
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Abdominal Flap Reconstruction Techniques Have Different Outcomes

Deciding on an abdominal flap is often a time-consuming process. Clearly, you and your plastic surgeon will take into account your own preferences and individual medical needs when trying to decide. However, there’s an interesting new study that might be worth taking a look at it. In the past, there has not been much information available that compared the different types of autologous reconstruction options, such...

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23 Mar 2016
Immediate vs. Delayed Reconstruction: Making the Choice
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Immediate vs. Delayed Reconstruction: Making the Choice

The timing of a woman’s breast reconstruction procedure may seem like a minor detail when compared to many of the other choices they have to make during their diagnosis and treatment. However, making the final decision on timing is often a challenge, and for good reason. There are several factors that women must consider when deciding on reconstruction timing. At the end of the day,...

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19 Mar 2016
Feeling Overwhelmed: Nurse and Patient Navigators
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Feeling Overwhelmed: Nurse and Patient Navigators

Independently navigating the healthcare system can be a challenge some days without a breast cancer diagnosis. When you are trying to balance the information and emotions that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis, the process can seem like an impossible feat. It’s normal to feel out of control and overwhelmed after receiving such a diagnosis. However, this does not mean you are powerless to take back...

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12 Mar 2016
Topical Estrogen May Relieve Some Breast Cancer Side Effects
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Topical Estrogen May Relieve Some Breast Cancer Side Effects

As every woman who has gone down this journey knows, “breast cancer” doesn’t end with remission. Life is changed permanently after the diagnosis, both emotionally and physically. For many women, some lifelong physical changes may be the result of estrogen-blocking medications used to prevent breast cancer recurrence. Thankfully, a hopeful change may be on the horizon. On Monday, February 22, 2016, the American College of...

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09 Mar 2016
Breast Cancer & Reconstruction Terms to Know
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Breast Cancer & Reconstruction Terms to Know

Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” solemnly uttered by your doctor is a devastating blow. It may leave you feeling helpless and confused. However, there are things you can do to take charge of your care. Learning and coming to understand different breast cancer terms a is a simple way of making it easier to understand what you will be experiencing over the next...

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05 Mar 2016
Autologous Breast Reconstruction: Common Complications
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Autologous Breast Reconstruction: Common Complications

Autologous reconstruction is a popular choice for women who like the idea of a more “natural” reconstruction using their own tissue. Despite being a more invasive process than breast implants, autologous reconstruction results in low rates of early complications following surgery. Currently there are not many long-term studies that look at complication rates of the different types of autologous reconstruction, so the technique that results...

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06 Feb 2016
Breast Implants: Common Complications
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Breast Implants: Common Complications

Receiving breast implants following a mastectomy is a popular breast reconstruction option that works for a variety of body types and women. However, it is not without its risks. Recent studies have reported that around one in three women experience post-surgical complications after having breast implants following a mastectomy, and that one in five women require surgery again after the initial procedure. Additional studies have...

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30 Jan 2016
Breast Reconstruction: An Overview of Possibilities
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Breast Reconstruction: An Overview of Possibilities

A mastectomy is a life-altering surgery that affects both a woman’s body and often her sense of sexuality. Fortunately, the mastectomy doesn’t need to be the end of the story. One option you will be given as you work through your own comfort with your new (or future) body is breast reconstruction.   Procedure Timing If you have been recently diagnosed and are considering breast...

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26 Dec 2015
Dermal Implant Gives New Nipple Option
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Dermal Implant Gives New Nipple Option

Although there are several breast reconstruction options for women who have undergone a mastectomy, many of which are covered by insurance, reconstructing the nipple has not undergone the same developments as breast reconstruction generally. There are a few options, including custom-made adhesive nipples and skin grafts, but the procedures are often expensive and may require regular replacements.   Fortunately, a new option has come onto...

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15 Dec 2015
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