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Prophylactic Mastectomy - is it right for you? by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Thu 11 Jul 2013 5:50pm Having prophylactic mastectomy is a very personal choice. There is no "right answer", only what you consider is best for you. Women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer have the option of prophylactic (preventive) mastectomy as a way of decreasing their risk. Factors that increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer incl ... Read on »
Mammograms after Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction - Are They Really Needed? by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Tue 16 Jun 2009 11:21pm "Do I still need to have mammograms after my mastectomy and breast reconstruction?"  I'm asked this question quite often.  The truth is there's a lot of ongoing debate about this.  Some doctors feel that since there is no "natural" breast tissue left, there is no need to continue monitoring patients. I disagree with thi ... Read on »
Mammograms after Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction - Are They Really Needed? by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Thu 18 Jun 2009 12:38pm "Do I still need to have mammograms after my mastectomy and breast reconstruction?" I'm asked this question quite often. The truth is there's a lot of ongoing debate about this. Some doctors feel that since there is no "natural" breast tissue left, there is no need to continue monitoring patients. I disagree with t ... Read on »
How Much Does Breast Reconstruction Cost? by Dr. C Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Mon 10 May 2010 6:30pm The two most common questions among breast cancer patients considering breast reconstruction are "how much does breast reconstruction cost?" and "will my insurance cover it?". The good news is that even though breast reconstruction is performed by plastic surgeons, it is NOT considered cosmetic surgery. If the mastectomy is for breast cancer ... Read on »
A Day in Which I Buy a Mastectomy Camisole & Fail to Sway an Alderman; plus Strangers on a Train by Sandi W. Patient Expert Posted Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:26pm The nurse at Fancy Hospital had e-mailed me, asking if I wanted a mastectomy camisole. I looked it up on line and it seemed like a good thing. It's supposed to be smooth against your surgical wound, protecting it from the outside world, and it has a pouch where you can put the drain/s that are attached to your incision. I told the nurse I would l ... Read on »
Working Out Post Mastectomy by Sara T Posted Fri 28 Mar 2014 9:18pm I’ve always been a sporadic exerciser whose sole motivation was a looming deadline. My wedding dress was a hair tight at a fitting so I kicked up my workout routine.  I was about to go on spring break so I spent a few tortuous sessions on the elliptical.  I must have missed the work out gene – I genuinely despise working out.  It’s sweaty, gr ... Read on »
A Quick Way to Rein in Medical Costs by Steve Beller Doctor of Philosophy Posted Fri 14 Aug 2009 4:42pm I've been participating in an excellent conversation on healthcare reform between healthcare providers, patients, and others, which has been taking place at this link. In this post I summarize the conversation and share my thoughts. The original post, written by Dr. George Lundberg and titled "How to Rein in Medical Costs, RIGHT NOW," descr ... Read on »
What is an Adequate Margin for Breast-Conserving Surgery? Surgeon Attitudes and Correlates by Michael A. Zadeh Medical DoctorHealth MavenFacebook Posted Wed 03 Nov 2010 12:00am Michelle Azu, MD, Paul Abrahamse, MA, Steven J. Katz, MD, MPH, Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, and Monica Morrow, MD Breast Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor ... Read on »
Applegate Cancer-Free, Following Double Mastectomy by DiseaseProof Medical Doctor Posted Sat 23 Aug 2008 3:14pm After testing positive for a gene mutation associated with breast cancer, actress Christina Applegate opted to have both her breasts removed . A drastic measure, but the now cancer-free star of "Samantha Who” is optimistic about her future. Via the Associated Press : She'll undergo reconstructive surgery over the next eight months. ... Read on »
Doctor Refers to Breast as Sexual Organ by The Women's Sexual Health Foundation .. Patient Expert Posted Sun 30 Nov 2008 12:20pm Breast cancer patients opt for extreme surgery more An estimated 8,000 patients a year choose double mastectomies. By TIMES WIRES Published October 23, 2007 More women who have cancer in only one breast are getting both breasts removed, despite a lack of evidence showing that double mastectomies increase survival in most women, res ... Read on »