Everyone’s breast cancer experience is unique—it’s why you’re your own best advocate. And why you want to assemble a multidisciplinary team that’s committed to doing what’s best for your individual needs and goals.
There’s an automatic sense of complicity that you feel when you cross paths with another woman who is going through or has gone through breast cancer.
A breast cancer or BRCA diagnosis can make it feel like you’ve lost control over your health. Decisions need to be made, family needs to be told, treatment needs to start, surgery needs to be scheduled. With all these needs driving you forward, it can be easy to lose sight of your own needs in the process. Especially your life-after-surgery needs.
Maintaining a healthy social network as you go through treatment and recovery may be able to lower mortality and recurrence rates.
For decades, clinicians have been working to understand the connection between genetics and breast cancer.
Summer doesn’t have to be a bummer when you’re on a cancer journey. Whether you’re just starting treatment, in recovery or living cancer free, with the right information and a little preparation, you can embrace all the season has to offer.
Jane knows how to persevere proactively through the unexpected. When she and her husband experienced fertility issues—they decided to use a surrogate. When a routine mammogram discovered tumors in both breasts—she chose to get a double mastectomy.
We’ve started trying to restore sensation for women who are undergoing breast reconstruction using their own (autologous) tissue. I most commonly do this during DIEP flap reconstruction, which is when I take skin and fat from the abdomen to create new breasts. I form the abdominal tissue into a flap and move it to the chest. Then, I hook up the arteries and veins in the flap with those in the chest to give life to the tissue. At the same time, we can actually reconnect the nerves too.
Dr. Jules Walters, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New Orleans, was not satisfied that his breast reconstruction patients had to deal with a lifetime of numb breasts. Wanting to find a solution, he began incorporating Resensation into free flap breast reconstruction. “I want to offer women the chance to not just have reconstructed breasts, but to be able to look in the mirror and feel beautiful. I want them to feel confident and to not be constantly reminded of breast cancer. With Resensation, they can not only look good but potentially have the feeling in their breasts restored.”
After a mastectomy, many women feel relieved to be cancer-free and look forward to focusing on their future and simply enjoying life. But with this new chapter comes more decisions, including whether to have breast reconstruction.
By having a full understanding of the many breast reconstruction options available, and choosing a plastic surgeon who offers the latest breast reconstruction techniques, women can empower themselves to make decisions that can lead to the best possible outcomes.1