Taking Charge Together - Breast Cancer News & Support

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We curate the breast reconstruction and breast cancer news to bring you what we consider the best. An uplifting story, a new company impacting the lives of the breast cancer community, a significant cancer discovery, or a new breast reconstruction option made available–whatever it is, we want to keep you posted on the things we’re reading and on the incredible members of the breast cancer community who are making a difference. Breast cancer treatments and breast reconstruction methods change every day. In a single scientific finding, a controversy may be started and debates ensue that can change the standard of care or even national policy. New breast cancer support organizations and businesses form that can make the difference between surviving and thriving in the months following a diagnosis. Knowing the latest means knowing your options and your rights. Join our conversations here, comment, and share the news and breast cancer community resources that interests you. We’re a team here.


Recovery After Breast Surgery: Drain Dollies to the Rescue
09 Aug 2016

Recovery After Breast Surgery: Drain Dollies to the Rescue

No one likes the idea of having surgery for any reason. For many women with breast cancer, surgery is a guarantee. Coping with the idea of getting one surgery, let alone multiple, is a difficult process. It’s not only the surgery. You also have to consider lifestyle changes during recovery after breast surgery, and plan how much time you need off from work. You need...

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29 Jul 2016

New AeroForm® Device Allows Women to Control Breast Reconstruction Process, Avoid Needles and Pain

Breast cancer is a tough journey. Unfortunately, breast reconstruction after mastectomy isn’t always smooth sailing either, as told in some of our breast reconstruction stories. One problem is the inconvenience, pain and sometimes injury that occur during the tissue expansion process. Thankfully, medical engineers have found a promising solution. We bring you news today of the AeroForm® tissue expander system. It allows women to control an important...

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25 Jul 2016

Fighting Breast Cancer by Finding Hidden Warriors

Who knew…playing dress up can give you power, and it’s possibly one of the easiest things you can do to help heal yourself when you’re fighting breast cancer.   The secondmost popular TED Talk of all time, with almost 35 million views, is by Amy Cuddy (TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks). Cuddy, a Harvard Business School social psychologist, said...

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Sisters with Breast Cancer: Sharing Symptoms, Side Effects, Upcoming Mastectomies
20 Jul 2016

Sisters with Breast Cancer: Sharing Symptoms, Side Effects, Upcoming Mastectomies

Sharee and Annette Page, from northern Utah, are as close as two sisters can be. They have both worked for the same company for over 10 years. These two sisters have very similar lives. Both love to travel, and have together visited over 50 countries. Lately though, their travels have taken them from their mother’s house, to chemotherapy treatments in Davis Hospital in northern Utah....

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3D Nipple Tattoo Artist Vinnie Myers Describes Life-Changing Career
11 Jul 2016

3D Nipple Tattoo Artist Vinnie Myers Describes Life-Changing Career

Tattooing a nipple onto a reconstructed breast may not seem cool, but well-known 3D nipple tattoo artist Vinnie Myers is as close to “rock star” as you can get in the cancer world. Sure, his portfolio once held pictures of “feathers, snakes and dragon sleeves,” but now it’s full of nipples. A woman once gushed with a sly smile during an interview about her reconstruction,...

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Bracelet Fundraiser, Bravelets, Donates $10 Each to Fight Breast Cancer
04 Jul 2016

Bracelet Fundraiser, Bravelets, Donates $10 Each to Fight Breast Cancer

Today we can celebrate our freedom, thanks to the courage and bravery of our forefathers. As it reads on the Bravelets™ website, “There are times in all of our lives where we need to be brave – whether for ourselves, for our family, for our friends, or even for a complete stranger.” Five years ago Stephanie Hansen had to search inside and find her “brave.” It...

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Comfortable Hospital Gown, The Radiant Wrap, Created by Designer With Breast Cancer
02 Jul 2016

Comfortable Hospital Gown, The Radiant Wrap, Created by Designer With Breast Cancer

Look good…feel good. Maria Lucas is a five-year cancer survivor and designer of The Radiant Wrap, an alternative, comfortable hospital gown for women to wear during radiation treatments for breast cancer. On her website Lucas proudly proclaims, “I’ll always believe that out of something bad, something good is born, and that every dark cloud has a silver lining.”   Maria couldn’t believe her surgeon was...

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Fight Breast Cancer: It’s Easy with Read for the Cure
08 Jun 2016

Fight Breast Cancer: It’s Easy with Read for the Cure

Would you like an easy way to help fight breast cancer while enjoying your favorite magazines? Read for the Cure® is a site that brings magazine shoppers great deals on products while working to benefit the fight against breast cancer. A percentage of all sales on the site are donated to  Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. We interviewed Nina Brownstone, online marketing manager at...

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Marla Hope: Compression Bras By a Designer Who Understands
02 Jun 2016

Marla Hope: Compression Bras By a Designer Who Understands

Diagnosed ten years ago with breast cancer and now recovered, Marla D’Avanzo has a mission. She wants to let you know that “It’s okay to want to feel like your old self.” Marla combined her background in business and fashion to create a comfortable bra, the Marla Hope Bra™, post-op compression bras for reconstruction surgery.   Marla was 47 when she was diagnosed. She remembers...

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Breast Cancer Lingerie Designer of AnaOno Shares Story of Empowerment
25 May 2016

Breast Cancer Lingerie Designer of AnaOno Shares Story of Empowerment

This is the story of a woman who refused to allow breast cancer to overtake her. Instead, she found purpose and strength from her ordeal. She used it to reach out her hand to other women by creating a unique line of breast cancer lingerie.   Dana Donofree was just a day from her 28th birthday and with only two months before her wedding, she...

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