Category Archives: Breast Reconstruction

Free Teleconference re Breast Reconstruction

It can be very hard to identify the best web resources about breast cancer. One very fine organization and website is Living Beyond Breast Cancer: www.lbbc.orgThey have the best printed materials of any organization that I know. Additionally, they sponsor many educational programs, both “live/in person” and teleconferences. Here is information about a July 28th […]


breast reconstruction and implants

I saw a patient of mine who had had 9 implant replacement procedures at another hospital who continued to have discomfort from the implant. I usually tell patients that Implant based reconstruction, while it certainly offers potentially a quicker upfront recovery potentially, may involve several implant exchanges or revision procedures in the future related to […]


Chemotherapy and timing of breast reconstructive surgery

As with a number of patients, chemotherapy can be a necessary part of the treatment process, as well as hormonal therapy. Usually, at the conclusion of chemotherapy, if one is in the process of breast reconstruction, we usually will wait at least one month for any staged procedure as part of breast reconstruction… The one […]


The Final Stage: Nipples and Tattoos

I was very pleased to be invited by Dr. Lin to occasionally contribute to this blog. I have been an oncology social worker at BIDMC for more than thirty years and work primarily with women who have breast cancer. In addition to my professional interest, I have a strong personal one as I have been […]


Is this cosmetic??

I went to see a patient on the floor today after her DIEP surgery, and she asked me, ” Is this cosmetic, what I just did?” She went on to explain that her oncologist, out of town, really gave her the impression that this was not necessary. We truly feel that this is not cosmetic […]


Choosing the type of reconstruction

I saw a patient of mine a few weeks ago who remarked, “Up until I received my diagnosis of breast cancer, I felt in control in life, able to make decisions about life, family, and work…. Now, I have been through treatment, surgery, and treatment now following surgery…. my reconstruction is the only thing I […]


Tough times are meant to be shared

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you do not need to tackle it alone. Many of our patients come in and say they do not want to burden family or friends , afraid they will “bring them down.” “I have to be strong for my family…” However, it is in these tough times […]


Breast reconstruction after weight loss procedure

I had one of my patients who had undergone a lap-band procedure come in after having a bilateral (two-sided) mastectomy ask me if she would be a candidate for deep inferior epigastric perforator flap reconstruction. Certainly, following significant weight loss patients can be a candidate, in order to use the excess tummy tissue for reconstruction. […]


From mastectomy to being whole again

My nurse Maria related a story to me about a patient recently she spoke to. She told me that the patient, after having a mastectomy, passed by her mirror daily during her morning routine, and immediately following her mastectomy and the months afterwards undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy for breast cancer, was constantly reminded of […]



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