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What You Need to Know About Breast Reconstruction

The Cancer Support Community surveyed 762 breast cancer survivors (who were eligible for breast reconstruction) and found that 43% of these women did not receive any info about breast reconstruction PRIOR to making surgical decisions (mastectomy or lumpectomy). Why is this a huge problem? Well, if you opt to reconstruct one or both boobs, the method you choose to reconstruct can be affected depending on how the initial surgery is done. Since you can’t go back and re-do your mastectomy, this is an extremely important conversation to have with your doctor BEFORE a mastectomy takes place.

 

Watch this fantastic video created by Understand.com to learn more about breast reconstruction options.  Then ask your doctor what options would be best for you.

Getting the 411 on Breast Reconstruction

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The Cancer Support Community surveyed 762 breast cancer survivors (who were eligible for breast reconstruction) and found that 43% of these women did not receive any info about breast reconstruction PRIOR to making surgical decisions (mastectomy or lumpectomy).  Why is this a huge problem?  Well, if you opt to reconstruct one or both boobs, the method you choose to reconstruct can be affected depending on how the initial surgery is done.  Since you can’t go back and re-do your mastectomy, this is an extremely important conversation to have with your doctor BEFORE a mastectomy takes place.

 

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or have a family history of breast cancer and/or the BRCA gene and are contemplating a mastectomy, check out BreastReconstruction.Org, the most comprehensive site on breast reconstruction that I’ve come across.

 

To provide a better understanding of the breast reconstruction process and the different options that exist, BreastReconstruction.Org has created a site that contains easy-to-understanddetailed information with illustrations and photographs on topics including: mastectomy; options for reconstruction; secondary procedures including nipple tattooing; pre and post operative care; as well as the latest news & information on reconstruction.  You can also read stories from other women who have walked in your shoes and learn from the decisions they have made.  It’s really a fantastic site.

 

BTW, my dear friend and kick-ass breast cancer survivor Diane Mapes (AKA @Double_Whammied) just wrote an incredible article on her breast reconstruction using the BRAVA/ fat transfer method.  To read about Diane’s experience, see her article “Reconstructing Hope.  Diane also blogs about breast cancer at www.doublewhammied.com.

 

 

 

 

Paying for New Boobs

In June, I wrote a post called Shopping for New Boobs which talks about a great FREE resource that The Cancer Support Community created to help educate woman on breast reconstruction.  You see, The Cancer Support Community surveyed 762 breast cancer survivors and found out that 43% of these women did NOT receive any information about reconstruction PRIOR to their mastectomy.  Here’s the problem with that…. if you decide to reconstruct one or both boobs, the method you choose to reconstruct absolutely affects how the mastectomy should be done.  (To download your free copy of Frankly Speaking About Cancer:  Breast Reconstruction, click HERE.)  

 

Now what happens if you want new boobs after having cancer but don’t have insurance and you can’t afford to pay for reconstruction?????

 

Check out this amazing organization… My Hope Chest… they provide FREE breast reconstruction to uninsured woman who have lost one or both breasts to cancer.  To qualify, patients must be 69 years of age or under; be free of medical complications that would preclude safe reconstructive surgery; be able to demonstrate financial need; and be a legal resident or citizen of the US.  For more information, on eligibility reqs, click HERE.

BTW, I saw this on my very good friend’s FB and this is what she has to say about breast cancer…  I LOVE it and want to share it with you….

The normal boobs ( . )( . ), the silicone boobs ( + )( + ), the perfect boobs (o)(o). Some boobs are cold (^)(^), and some boobs belong to grandmothers \./\./ And let’s not forget the very large boobs (o Y o), and very small boobs (.)(.), and lastly the asymmetrical boobs (•)(.). We love them all. Post this message on your wall and say ┌П┐(◉_◉)┌П┐ to breast cancer.

 

Shopping for New Boobs… Breast Reconstruction

Alright… I have to admit, the idea of getting a new pair of perky boobs is very appealing to me.  Let’s just say that after giving birth to & nursing 3 kids, the “girls” just aren’t the same.  However, opting to get a new pair of boobs is very different than needing to get a new pair.  Having breast cancer & needing a mastectomy is no laughing matter.

 

The Cancer Support Community is an amazing natl nonprofit organization dedicated to providing FREE emotional support, education & hope for people with cancer & their loved ones.  I just LOVE this organization & wish I had known about them during my cancer journey with Alan.  I especially LOVE their “Frankly Speaking About Cancer” series of books & workshops…. tons of amazing, important, helpful, FREE information.

 

The Cancer Support Community recently surveyed 762 breast cancer survivors (who were eligible for breast reconstruction) and found that 43% of these women did not receive any info about breast reconstruction PRIOR to making surgical decisions (mastectomy or lumpectomy).  Now you may decide not to reconstruct and that is of course totally fine.  But if you opt to reconstruct one or both boobs, the method you choose to reconstruct absolutely affects how the initial surgery is done.  This is an extremely important conversation to have with your doctor BEFORE a mastectomy takes place.

 

I had no idea there were different ways to do breast reconstruction…with implants, without implants, immediate reconstruction, delayed reconstruction, with tissue flaps, etc. etc. etc.  Did you????

 

The Cancer Support Community has put together an amazing resource on breast reconstruction and questions to ask your surgeon about breast reconstruction BEFORE you have any surgery.  Click here to either to download a FREE copy electronically or to order your FREE hard copy of Frankly Speaking About Cancer:  Breast Reconstruction.