I'm Taking Back - Breast Reconstruction Options On Your Journey

I’m Taking Back – Breast Reconstruction Options

Too few women know the vast array of breast reconstruction options available. That’s why we’re here. It’s time we support each other in taking back what cancer’s taken from us. No matter what stage of a diagnosis you’re at, of if you had breast surgery a decade ago, we’re here to provide you the latest research, information, and techniques regarding all types of breast reconstruction in order to help you make an informed decision for your own reconstruction.


Saying NO to Artificial Breast Implants Is Now Easier for Nebraskan Women
27 Feb 2017

Saying NO to Artificial Breast Implants Is Now Easier for Nebraskan Women

In late 2016, Omaha, Nebraska scored big points for women. It became a site for a type of microvascular flap surgery for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Creighton Medical Center offered it first. It uses a woman’s own tissue, instead of artificial breast implants, to reconstruct her breasts. Therefore, many women who seek the most natural look and feel after a mastectomy choose it. Yet until now,...

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Don’t Forget to Ask This When You Prepare for Mastectomy: Advocate Shares Story and Advice
23 Feb 2017

Don’t Forget to Ask This When You Prepare for Mastectomy: Advocate Shares Story and Advice

We’re so grateful to Terri Coutee for sharing her story and advice on how to prepare for mastectomy! Terri had a wonderful experience with delayed DIEP flap breast reconstruction. She now advocates for education on this topic. You can read more about her and her organization at the end of her story.   I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor who had delayed breast reconstruction. I...

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How to Avoid Breast Surgery Scars: Get Hidden Scar Surgery!
22 Feb 2017

How to Avoid Breast Surgery Scars: Get Hidden Scar Surgery!

Large, noticeable scars are a common concern if you’re undergoing a mastectomy. Breast surgery scars often serve as a reminder of what you’ve been through. Or they may prevent you from completely feeling like your old self again. While some women embrace scars as a symbol of strength, what if you want to keep scarring to a minimum?   Fortunately, researchers developed a new procedure that reduces scarring...

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Breast Cancer, Breast Reconstruction Surgery and the Heart
15 Feb 2017

Breast Cancer, Breast Reconstruction Surgery and the Heart

Given that February is the month of Valentine’s Day, there are images of hearts nearly everywhere. It’s a fitting time to look at breast cancer, breast reconstruction surgery and the heart.   When you have breast cancer, you have a unique connection to your heart. You have to learn to love your new body again after surgery. You have to find the strength to persevere...

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Your Best Options for Breast Reconstruction? There’s an App for That
03 Feb 2017

Your Best Options for Breast Reconstruction? There’s an App for That

Breast reconstruction is a complicated topic. First, you have to decide between breast reconstruction and going flat. If you’re considering reconstruction, you have to decide whether you want to get immediate or delayed reconstruction. You also have to look at your best options for breast reconstruction. Finally, you must figure out what type of reconstruction you want.   As you may already know, there are...

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Thanksgiving for the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act
23 Nov 2016

Thanksgiving for the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

It’s Thanksgiving, and most of us have been thinking about what we’re thankful for: family, friends, jobs, cats. Let’s take a few minutes to look beyond the obvious. So many things change in our world that have huge impacts on our lives. This is especially true for women dealing with breast cancer and breast reconstruction. Or anyone with serious medical or life concerns. The medical field...

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Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Laws by State
23 Nov 2016

Breast Reconstruction Insurance: Laws by State

Just like health insurance plans, laws and other legal mandates are confusing. I mean, there’s a reason people complete extra schooling to become lawyers. Laws are confusing! They have weird wording (why can’t they just be in normal English?!) and go through changes every once in awhile. We’ve mentioned the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) before. This law applies to most...

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Breast Reconstruction Help: Health Insurance Basics and Terminology
06 Nov 2016

Breast Reconstruction Help: Health Insurance Basics and Terminology

Health insurance is a complicated topic. It seems to always be going through changes and the terms are confusing. Sometimes I even wonder if insurance agents and educators understand health insurance! For many people, it’s a topic best ignored as often as possible. But if you are dealing with breast reconstruction, discussions about health insurance become unavoidable. The terminology and details of health insurance can...

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Breast Reconstruction for Minority Women:  What’s Different and How Do We Fix It?
22 Sep 2016

Breast Reconstruction for Minority Women: What’s Different and How Do We Fix It?

Submitted by Dr. Frank J. DellaCroce, ITC Advisory Board Member and MD, FACS, from the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, New Orleans, LA www.breastcenter.com For women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the emotional blow of mastectomy and the sense of loss that comes with it can leave scars that go far beyond the surface. The daily reminders in the mirror, brought by the empty, scarred chest, can leave a profound feeling...

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Breast Surgery Complications: Healing Risks for African-American Women
21 Sep 2016

Breast Surgery Complications: Healing Risks for African-American Women

Undergoing breast surgery, whether mastectomy or reconstruction, is a nerve-wracking experience for many women. You not only want to stay safe and avoid repeated procedures, you also want minimal scarring and a cosmetically appealing result. Unfortunately, for some African American women, getting cosmetically appealing results following a breast procedure is challenging. This is due to a higher rate of certain breast surgery complications: in particular, keloids and hypertrophic...

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