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Live Facebook Event July 27 on Breast Cancer Surgery, Reconstruction

Please join us July 27 night from 6:55 p.m. CST to 8:15 p.m. CST for a live Facebook event about breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. A top panel will respond to your questions. The link:

By: Courtney Floyd If you haven’t heard yet, a new book written by Pat Anstett is on shelves now! The book is called “Breast Cancer Surgery & Reconstruction:…

Book Launch At June 29 Community Event with Henry Ford Health System

A unique new book, “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,’’ by Detroit author Patricia Anstett, with photography by Kathleen Galligan, will be launched Wednesday, June 29 with a community event at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

The event begins with a book signing, networking and refreshments from 5-6 p.m., with music by pianist Ryan Schildcrout, followed by a one-hour program from 6-7 p.m. on breast surgery and reconstruction. The program features Anstett, as moderator, three breast cancer survivors and Henry Ford breast cancer experts, Lisa Newman, M.D., and Dunya Atisha, M.D.

The book is based on nearly three years of interviews across the country with breast cancer survivors, experts and women with extensive family histories of breast and ovarian cancer. Anstett also visited breast surgery centers to understand what the surgeries entail and to observe model practices at top programs. Galligan, an Emmy-award winning, Detroit Free Press photographer, was diagnosed with breast cancer three months after beginning work on the project. She wrote her own first-person chapter in the book, to be published June 16 from Rowman & Littlefield. It is available on and at select bookstores.

RSVP to attend the Ford event: 248-325-3890, or

Other programs on breast cancer surgery and reconstruction are planned throughout 2016.


Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction Book Launch in June

“Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You” will be publicly launched in June with a book-signing Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What's Right for Youand program at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, West Bloomfield, MI. The program includes a panel with three breast cancer survivors and Dr. Lisa Newman, chief of breast oncology at Ford. Details and a reservation link will be announced in May, which we will post.

“Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You” is a unique new book about the important surgery and reconstruction choices women face, and the impact on their health, families, friends, jobs and finances. It is to be published in June, 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield.  It is written by Patricia Anstett, a long-time medical writer, with photography by Kathleen Galligan, an Emmy-award-winning photographer.

Anstett, a long-time medical writer, including 22 years at the Detroit Free Press,  will be working with other health systems, cancer organizations and other groups to sponsor to improve the conversation about breast cancer surgery and reconstruction.

Now, too many women feel uninformed.  Despite widespread awareness of breast cancer, much less is known about the surgeries women have. Most women do not emerge with new breasts and nipples in a single mastectomy operation. Most breast reconstruction takes months and even years. Some women never finish, living without nipples or with imperfect results. Others opt not to have reconstruction, yet feel pressure to do it in a breast-obsessed society.  Still others struggle with one of the biggest women’s health questions today: lumpectomy and radiation or mastectomy?


Photos, lengthier descriptions of the book and full author bios available in our press kit.