Q&A: Ask the Doctor

Ask the Doctor: QA’s Q: I have a history of benign proliferative breast disease with associated atypical ductal hyperplasia. I have had two needle biopsies and three surgical biopsies in my left breast. I took Tamoxifen for five years and currently am taking Evista. Last year I completed the Myriad My Risk Test resulting in a 37.9% remaining lifetime breast cancer risk. My monitoring plan since 2006 has been alternating diagnostic mammogram and breast MRI. My most recent MRI located an … [Read More...]

Benefits of Autologous Reconstruction vs. Implant Reconstruction

When considering breast reconstruction, a woman is faced with a few options -- she can choose autologous reconstruction -- which is the use of her own skin and tissue to create a breast mound, implants, or go flat. Recently, the recall of certain breast implants has made the news, as the FDA reported their connection to 573 rare cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma and 33 patient deaths. As a result, the FDA asked Allergan to … [Read More...]

Woman to Woman

  When you’re going through something big in your life, there isn’t anything more comforting than talking to someone who has been through it before. For women who are having breast reconstruction surgery, a doctor is certainly available to answer many of your questions, but it’s also helpful to hear from another patient who has had the same surgery. What should you expect? How should you prepare at home? How will you feel when you wake up after surgery? What clothes are best to wear? … [Read More...]

New Breast, Now What: Managing Expectations Following Reconstruction

Let’s face it — no matter what you’re going through your experiences are going to differ from someone else. Others who have had breast cancer, a mastectomy and reconstruction can tell you all about it but your journey will be different than your best friend’s, your neighbor’s or the woman sitting next you in chemo. However, you are still going to have some expectations of how things may — or may not — happen following your reconstruction. The question is: How do you manage them? You expect … [Read More...]

Q&A: Ask the Doctor

Q: I have a history of benign proliferative breast disease with associated atypical ductal hyperplasia. I have had two needle biopsies and three surgical biopsies in my left breast. I took Tamoxifen for five years and currently am taking Evista. Last year I completed the Myriad My Risk Test resulting in a 37.9% remaining lifetime breast cancer risk. My monitoring plan since 2006 has been alternating diagnostic mammogram and breast MRI. My most recent MRI located an enhancing nodule in my right … [Read More...]

July Q&A #2

I would like to learn more about liposuction or non-surgical liposuction around my abdomen and my thighs. - Harmony Hey Harmony, Depending on your personal goals, both are great options for body contouring. Trusculpt iD is a non-invasive option that offers fat dedication and skin tightening with minimal downtime. It’s Monopolar Radio-frequency platform tailors to patients’ individual needs and features Real-Time Temperature Control for clinically proven results, safety, and patient … [Read More...]

July Q&A #1

Q.I’m waiting to have surgery to take a cancer lump from my left breast. Then I will be taking radiation treatment. Will my breast be disfigured from this and will I be suitable to build my breast appearance with reconstruction surgery? Judi A.Hi Judi, Sorry you're having to go through this. Management of a lumpectomy defect can be more complicated than reconstructing an entire breast after mastectomy. If you are sure you want to have a lumpectomy instead of mastectomy, then it may be best … [Read More...]

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