Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I see post bariatric surgery plastic surgery referenced on your site. I didn't realize you also offered these procedures. Which doctor cares for this? Thank you for any information you can provide. Thanks, M A: Hello, M. Currently, 90% of our activity is microvascular breast reconstruction. I did a lot of post-bariatric surgery some years ago, which is where the pictures came from. We stopped actively promoting this service (despite leaving the pictures up) because: 1) … [Read More...]

Cool For Summer

Making healthy changes at any point in your life can help you reduce your risk of a recurrence or new cancer, prevent additional health issues and keep your body strong as it recovers from treatment and surgery. Consider these important 6 healthy living choices: Drop Excess Weight Those love handles might sound cute, but carrying around excess pounds can increase your risks for a variety of health issues, including heart disease and high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I am an eight-year breast cancer survivor. I had a great breast doctor but my plastic surgeon botched my right breast. No implants – it was a latissimus dorsi reconstruction. My right breast is flat as can be, and I do suffer from scar tissue pain. I can be doing the simplest of things that should not cause pain, but the pain is excruciating. My current breast doctor tells me I will have to live with it. I’m so glad I didn’t have a procedure on my left breast. Do you ever come across patients … [Read More...]

Sun Safety Tips

  The warmer, sunnier weather is calling you to the great outdoors, but breast cancer survivors need to take extra special precautions to care for their skin. Why? Both chemotherapy and radiation treatments can make the skin more sensitive to the sun up to two years after treatment is over. Before you head to the park or to the beach, It’s important for breast cancer patients to follow these tips to stay safe in the sun: Wait Just a Bit If you just finished radiation … [Read More...]

Q&A #2: May 2019

Q: I had a bilateral mastectomy in October 2016. I finished radiation on the right side in January 2017, and underwent bilateral latissimus flap reconstruction in August 2017. I had capsular contracture (when the scar tissue or capsule that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant) on the right side and the implant changed out in March 2018. Once again, I have capsular contracture on the same side. What do I do? They are absolutely not even close to symmetrical. I am … [Read More...]

Overcoming ‘Scanxiety’: 5 Tips to Keep Your Wits for Your Next Breast Scan

Even though you won’t find the word in any dictionary — yet — scanxiety is real. Just ask any breast cancer patient. Scanxiety is the anxiety you feel when your next scan — mammography, ultrasound, PET scan or other major test — approaches. You’re nervous, restless and tense, your heart is pounding and you may have trouble sleeping or eating. You’re constantly worried about what the test will find. These tests can determine if your cancer is in remission or if you still need additional … [Read More...]

Q&A #1: May 2019

                      Q: I had bilateral mastectomy on May 11, 2018, as a result of inflammatory breast cancer. I did have a tumor, but I also had a complete response to chemo and clear margins at surgery, followed by six weeks of radiation. A 5mm metastasis to one lymph node and a total of two lymph nodes were removed. I do have scar tissue and some swelling on the affected side, but I control it with OT … [Read More...]

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