• Breast Cancer Surgery

    What is a Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Camisole?

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Coping with Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    A post-surgical camisole, used after breast surgery, provides the support of a bra and pockets for lightweight breast prostheses. These camisoles come in a variety of sizes and materials and are specially constructed for the various needs of breast cancer survivors. Camisoles can be used immediately after any breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy and...

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    Nipple tattooing provides the finishing touch following breast cancer reconstruction

    by  • February 1, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    Techniques in nipple tattooing are rapidly improving and give patients reconstructive options that were previously not available. In most cases, tattooing is performed three months after the nipple has been surgically created on the reconstructed breast to allow for healing of the nipple wound. Tattooing at earlier time points may result in poor pigment...

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    How are the nipple and areola reconstructed during breast surgery?

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    The nipple and areola are key elements of the reconstructed breast after mastectomy and are essential in restoring the breast to its natural form. Many patients have questions about how and when the nipple and areola are reconstructed.   The first step in breast reconstruction is to create a breast mound. This is accomplished using...

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    Breast MRI: A good study, but not everything we hoped for

    by  • January 16, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Women's Cancer Center

    There is probably no imaging study that is more controversial in the care of patients who have breast cancer or other breast problems than breast MRI, which has been around for 30 years. This imaging study is more sensitive than mammography and detects the size of cancers more accurately than other breast imaging. Sounds...

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    Can I have a DIEP flap to reconstruct my breast after a mastectomy?

    by  • December 31, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery

    After a patient undergoes a mastectomy, breast reconstruction may be performed with breast implants or autologous tissue, meaning the patient’s own skin, fat, and muscle.  The vast majority of breast reconstruction performed across the country and the world relies on breast implants.  A much smaller percentage is done with autologous tissue which is rotated...

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    The Truth about Breast Implants: Saline vs. Silicone

    by  • December 6, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Women's Cancer Center

    Breast implants have undergone a large number of revisions since their first release in the 1970’s.  The two currently available implants are saline implants and silicone implants.  The implants used for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy are the same implants used for breast augmentation. There are various pluses and minuses for both the saline...

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    You Can Make A Difference

    by  • October 17, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Research

    It’s that time again: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A time for celebration and renewed interest in curing the disease. But, amidst all the headlines dominating healthcare today many people may not be aware that the future of research at academic health centers is in jeopardy. Although the headlines are justifiably focused on clinical care,...

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    Options for women with BRCA gene mutations who are considering breast reconstruction surgery

    by  • May 23, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, Reconstructive Surgery, Uncategorized

    With the recent news regarding Angelina Jolie’s courageous story, questions about breast cancer treatment as well as breast reconstruction have become common topics for discussion. Women who learned they have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have an approximately 5-fold increased risk of developing breast cancer.  Another way to describe this would...

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