What You Should Know About Breast Reconstruction (Part II)

By Johnny Franco, M.D.
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August 04, 2014

 What is the best timing for breast reconstruction? The best timing for breast reconstruction  depends on the individual patient.  Some of the benefits of immediate breast reconstruction is that the process begins at the moment of the mastectomy.  It can decrease the overall number of surgeries that the patient needs to complete her reconstruction.  It […]

What You Should Know About Breast Reconstruction (Part I)

By Johnny Franco, M.D.
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July 28, 2014

What is reconstruction? Reconstruction is any procedure performed after the body has been altered from its normal form whether that is from cancer, burns or trauma. Breast reconstruction is a broad term that is used to describe the restoration of  the breast to its natural shape and form.  Reconstruction can be done by a variety […]

What is Lymphedema?

By Mary Crosswell PT, CLT
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July 21, 2014

Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid in the fatty tissues just beneath the skin. The condition causes swelling most often in the arms or legs, but may also affect other body parts. Lymphedema can be due to a hereditary condition (primary lymphedema), but it is most commonly the result of an insufficiency of […]

I am a Mother First

By Mary / Guest Blogger
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May 11, 2014

I will never forget how being a mother saved me the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My husband was in Manhattan for work, because nobody (including my referring doctor) was worried about the lumps in my breast. They didn’t feel hard and fixed, the way breast cancer is supposed to feel. We were […]

Today is International Day of Radiology

By Muriel the Editor
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November 08, 2013

As I was reading my email one day last week, I came across another one of those obscure holidays – International Day of Radiology.  It’s not a well- known celebration but for many of us diagnosed with breast cancer, radiology is something quite familiar to us.  That technology saved our lives, and I know you […]

Breast Cancer? What Should You Ask

By Dora Escobedo BSN MSN ARNP
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November 04, 2013

You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer – now what? Your doctors, the nurses, the CareCoaches and people you know who have had breast cancer, talk about estrogen receptors, HER2 positive, HER2 negative, tumor markers, Stage O, DCIS and on and on. You hear those terms, but you don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. […]

March is Women’s History Month

By Muriel the Editor
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March 15, 2013

March is Women’s History Month, and, as all of us know, women have a lot of history with breast cancer.  Breast cancer is predominantly a woman’s disease, with one in eight women destined to be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. Since we are talking about history, it might be interesting to take a […]

What is the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and why is it important to breast cancer survivors?

By Muriel the Editor
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January 14, 2013

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) has been held at the beginning of December for the past 35 years, and each year provides valuable information on how to better diagnose, treat and continue to treat breast cancer patients and survivors. The symposium is designed to provide state-of-the-art information on the experimental biology, etiology, prevention, […]

What You Should Know About Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetic Testing

By Rae Wruble RN MBA
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December 10, 2012

Genetic Susceptibility Testing for hereditary breast/ovarian, colorectal/endometrial, pancreatic and melanoma cancers has been available to the general public for about 13 years. One of the most common types of genetic testing is BRACAnalysis. This has become part of the diagnostic workup for people at increased risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers (HBOC) who are […]

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