The Pink Fund provides up to $3,000 in grants to pay non-medical bills of men and women currently in treatment for breast cancer. More at thepinkfund.org. The Pan Foundation provides grants to women on Medicare with metastatic breast cancer who are currently in treatment. panfoundation.org. They have a new app called Fund Finder that helps patients find possible financial sources of help.
Here are some of our favorite interviews:
- Anne Doyle, Powering Up podcast series.
- Michigan Radio: : http://michiganradio.org/post/know-your-options-new-book-demystifies-breast-reconstruction
Celebrities with breast cancer often say little about the surgery and whether they encountered any problems. Cudos to Sandra Lee for coming forward with her story.
As we reported in our book, the nipple can be a real challenge for plastic surgeons. Unless women undergo nipple-sparing mastectomy, the nipple typically is made in a separate surgical procedure and inks used in medical offices have not been lasting. Here’s a new product for plastic surgery offices: Nipple-By-Number.
Major cancer news today in this important study identifying hundreds of genetic mutations that cause cancer, but at different rates of risk.
In the decade ahead, cancer researchers will continue to shed light on hundreds of genetic mutations _ gene variants as they are called _ that cause cancer at different rates of risk. This has major implications for people considering preventive surgeries for BRCA mutations, as well as others in families with too much cancer. If your family has breast, prostate, colon, pancreatic, colon or other cancer clusters, these findings have important implications for you.
Bottom line: If you are diagnosed, get a genetic analysis and talk with a medical oncology doctor, particularly for those in families with lots of cancer. This information should help tell you how much at risk you are; whether you need preventive surgeries; how often and earlier you should be tested to find cancer; what treatments are best for you; and what treatments you don’t need. This is one of the most important developments in cancer today. More to come.
Here is a podcast with Anne Doyle, creator of the Powering Up podcast series, with medical writer Patricia Anstett, author of “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You.” It addresses a range of issues, including staying flat or one-breasted; going without nipples; problems creating realistic nipples; stereotypes women face in medicine and mentoring.
More women are suing insurers for failure to pay for breast reconstruction, Bloomberg News reports.