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.


Breast Reconstruction After Radiation
07 May 2016

Breast Reconstruction After Radiation

A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Important decisions need to be made quickly. A large amount of information comes at you all at once. Your medical team will walk you through choosing the best course of treatment so as to minimize the risk of cancer returning or spreading. If you are considering breast reconstruction after radiation, the time to talk about it is now....

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Breast Reconstruction After Lumpectomy
30 Apr 2016

Breast Reconstruction After Lumpectomy

A lumpectomy involves the removal of just the tumor found in the breast, and some of the non-cancerous tissue surrounding it–not the entire breast as with a mastectomy. This surgical procedure conserves the breast, which is good. Unfortunately, it leaves the breast with a dent, bulge, or imperfection near the surgical site. After a lumpectomy the breast or breasts are likely to be different in...

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Delayed vs. Immediate Breast Reconstruction
23 Apr 2016

Delayed vs. Immediate Breast Reconstruction

Physicians don’t all agree when it comes to deciding on the perfect time to begin breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Some physicians recommend immediate breast reconstruction, which is performed at the same time as the mastectomy. Or, they may recommend a delayed breast reconstruction that is performed maybe weeks or months later, if radiation is needed. Reconstruction can even take place years after the mastectomy....

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Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Yes or No?
16 Apr 2016

Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Yes or No?

If you haven’t thought it yet, at some point in your breast cancer journey you’re likely to come across the thought, “Isn’t it enough that I’m alive?” Yes. You’re alive! Absolutely, that’s more than enough to celebrate. Every single day you will have new hugs, new conversations, and new treasured moments that make being alive absolutely enough. BUT… it’s also okay to have dreams beyond survival. That’s why we’re having this conversation about...

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Breast Tissue Expander: Traditional and Newer Inventions
09 Apr 2016

Breast Tissue Expander: Traditional and Newer Inventions

When you are dealing with breast cancer, it may seem like there is a never ending barrage of new terms, techniques, and options that you need to learn about. For example, had you ever even heard of tissue expanders before your breast cancer diagnosis? Perhaps you still haven’t, but as tissue expanders are a very common medical device used during breast reconstruction, now is a...

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Skin-Sparing and Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies
02 Apr 2016

Skin-Sparing and Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies

Surgery is a nerve-wracking experience. Unfortunately, few surgeries can compare to a mastectomy, the removal of a body part so frequently tied to a woman’s sexuality. A woman may feel very vulnerable, even knowing the option for breast reconstruction, because nothing can give back what the surgeon cuts off really. However, that’s what makes skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies interesting for eligible women. Traditional mastectomies remove...

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Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Closer Look
26 Mar 2016

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

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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Nipple and Areola Reconstruction — The Final Step
20 Feb 2016

Nipple and Areola Reconstruction — The Final Step

Regardless of the method a woman chooses, nipple and areola reconstruction can help a breast cancer patient feel comfortable with her new breasts. For women who’ve faced breast cancer, nipple reconstruction is one more way to take charge.   The nice thing about nipple/areola reconstruction is there’s no urgency–a woman can make the choice whenever she’s ready. Some women find they are content without having...

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Autologous Breast Reconstruction: Common Complications
06 Feb 2016

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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