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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.


Knitted Knockers Nonprofit’s Comfortable, Adjustable Breast Prosthetic Fills Need
16 May 2016

Knitted Knockers Nonprofit’s Comfortable, Adjustable Breast Prosthetic Fills Need

For some women, Knitted Knockers provides the solution to that awkward time between a mastectomy or lumpectomy and breast reconstruction. When the healing scars are sensitive, the thought of wearing a hot and sweaty, heavy, expensive breast prosthetic just may not appeal. A Knitted Knocker is a soft, hand-knitted breast prosthetic. Barbara Demorest is the founder of the nonprofit organization, knittedknockers.org. Her organization uses volunteer...

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Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction May Be Safer for Plus Size Women
11 May 2016

Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction May Be Safer for Plus Size Women

Breast reconstruction options can often be limited for women who have multiple chronic conditions. Reconstruction can also be riskier. Obesity is a common condition that makes some women more susceptible to certain complications following surgery. You may be wondering what you can do to ensure a safe procedure if you happen to be a bit on the heavier side. Well, one thing you can do is look into...

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Cancer Retreat, Casting for Recovery, Helps Breast Cancer Patients
05 May 2016

Cancer Retreat, Casting for Recovery, Helps Breast Cancer Patients

During the small amount of time that I’ve been writing about breast cancer, I have come across numerous groups that provide support to women who are dealing with breast cancer. One, however, has stood out to me in a unique way: Casting for Recovery (CfR). It’s a unique twist on a breast cancer retreat. It’s also enjoyed great success in fulfilling its mission to help women....

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Breast Cancer Research Funding for “Hunches”: Focus of New Non-Profit
20 Apr 2016

Breast Cancer Research Funding for “Hunches”: Focus of New Non-Profit

Most of us are familiar with organizations that fund breast cancer research. However, some research projects will not receive funding. This is because they aren’t investigating established concepts. These non-established research projects are often just early ideas, or “hunches,” that researchers would like to test out. If research hunches are ignored, major breakthroughs could fall through the cracks. Fortunately, Mary Beth Gadus, the founder of 100 Voices of...

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Pink Ink Funds Grants for Nipple Tattoos
07 Apr 2016

Pink Ink Funds Grants for Nipple Tattoos

For many, reconstruction after a mastectomy starts the process of regaining ownership over your body. You make the choice for reconstruction. You decide how you will face your future. Areola or nipple tattoos are basically the cherry on top of that sundae. It’s the final touches to regain the femininity, and the normalcy you may have lost. Amy Black, a tattoo artist who founded the Pink...

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Abdominal Flap Reconstruction Techniques Have Different Outcomes
23 Mar 2016

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

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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Cleaning for a Reason
11 Feb 2016

Cleaning for a Reason

I write about breast cancer every day, and sometimes my writing space and non-writing space blend together. Recently, while perusing Facebook, I noticed a post about an organization called Cleaning for a Reason. I read the blurb and then connected to their Facebook page. As I absorbed the information, I was astounded to discover this non-profit organization actually provides free cleaning services to women who...

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Congress Says Breast Cancer Patients Deserve to Know About Reconstruction
22 Dec 2015

Congress Says Breast Cancer Patients Deserve to Know About Reconstruction

BREAKING NEWS: With bipartisan support, Congress has passed the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2015!!! President Obama has already signed this new act into law.   Whether or not you are politically interested or whether you’ve participated in breast cancer advocacy, the passing of this law will mark a moment to be celebrated by every person who has ever known someone who has gone...

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Dermal Implant Gives New Nipple Option
15 Dec 2015

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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