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.


Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity
14 Sep 2016

Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity

As part of our African American breast cancer focus with BWHI this month, we’re taking a look at breast reconstruction and racial disparity. African American women are twice as likely as Caucasian women to choose autologous breast reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction is a procedure that uses the woman’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast form. The tissue is taken from another part of her body.   ...

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When Your Plastic Surgeon and Breast Surgeon Disagree
31 Aug 2016

When Your Plastic Surgeon and Breast Surgeon Disagree

“When Doctors Disagree” sounds like the title of a cheesy, faux-dramatic reality show. Unfortunately, disagreements between one’s plastic surgeon and breast surgeon can be yet another challenge in an already exhausting line of obstacles.   When you have multiple specialists and physicians, it’s not wholly unusual to receive advice and information that varies slightly. However, that doesn’t mean the situation is any less confusing for...

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8 Common Breast Reconstruction Myths: Don’t Fall for Them!
26 Aug 2016

8 Common Breast Reconstruction Myths: Don’t Fall for Them!

You’ve struggled with breast cancer. You’ve either scheduled or had a mastectomy. You may have already dealt with chemotherapy, radiation, or any other combination of cancer treatments.   Breast reconstruction should be easy by this point, right?   Not necessarily. Breast reconstruction is a complicated procedure that requires a lot of thought regarding your personal situation and desires. Being nervous, or even fearful, about breast...

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Smoking and Breast Reconstruction
30 Jul 2016

Smoking and Breast Reconstruction

If you haven’t decided to stop smoking yet, here is further information on why you should stop before reconstruction. Smoking and breast reconstruction don’t mix. Read on to learn what happens during reconstruction surgery and how smoking affects the outcome.   Sharp Reduction in Blood Supply To begin with, the blood supply to breast tissue is sharply reduced during the long reconstruction procedure. What this...

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Lumpectomy or Mastectomy? How to Decide
09 Jul 2016

Lumpectomy or Mastectomy? How to Decide

As part of early breast cancer treatment, you may be able to choose between a mastectomy or a lumpectomy with radiation. You may also wish that someone would just decide for you. Read on for the basics to help you decide whether to get a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Are you worrying about making the wrong choice? Are you wondering if you’ll be second-guessing your decision should the cancer...

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Autologous Reconstruction Recovery: What to Expect
18 Jun 2016

Autologous Reconstruction Recovery: What to Expect

Many women who want to have their breast reconstructed in the most “natural” way possible will choose autologous reconstruction. This method uses their own tissue, as opposed to implant reconstruction. The multiple surgical sites required for autologous reconstruction may leave you uncertain about recovery following the procedure. This is completely normal. We hope that by including some basic information about recovering after autologous reconstruction, we can help calm some...

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Men and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know
16 Jun 2016

Men and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

For many members of today’s society, hearing the term “breast cancer” brings up images of women wearing pink, or women wearing head scarves. Breast cancer is often seen as a woman’s disease, and, by and large, it is. But women are not always the only ones who are faced with this horrible challenge. Given that this week is National Men’s Health Week, we thought it...

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Recovery after Breast Reconstruction with Implants: Immediate Reconstruction
11 Jun 2016

Recovery after Breast Reconstruction with Implants: Immediate Reconstruction

As with any surgery, women who undergo breast reconstruction using implants will experience a recovery period. We cannot provide you with specific details regarding your particular recovery process (only your physician can do that). However, we can offer general information regarding recovery after breast reconstruction with implants. This information can help you to more thoroughly prepare for your surgery. It may also help you feel...

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Reconstruction After Breast Cancer: Yes or No? Who to Consult
28 May 2016

Reconstruction After Breast Cancer: Yes or No? Who to Consult

As we’ve said before, breast reconstruction is a personal choice. You never have to get reconstruction after breast cancer. If you change your mind later, you can always get it years after your mastectomy or lumpectomy.   That’s not to say you shouldn’t discuss your options with others.   Whether you’ve done research or not, you may feel a need to discuss your potential reconstruction with...

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ADM Breast Reconstruction: What Is It? Is It Safe?
21 May 2016

ADM Breast Reconstruction: What Is It? Is It Safe?

When it comes to breast reconstruction, it is often difficult to get results that look exactly like what you were picturing. This is especially true if your surgeon will be using implants and/or tissue expanders. Many surgeons struggle to get the proper breast shape and soft tissue support during implant-based reconstruction. This is in part so they avoid complications, such as capsular contracture. However, medicine...

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