Despite widespread awareness of breast cancer, much less is known about the surgeries most women have for cancer or preventing it, particularly mastectomy and reconstruction. Most women do not emerge with new breasts and nipples in a single operation. Breast reconstruction usually is done in two procedures and can takes months and even years, and can be painful and traumatic if unsuccessful. Some women never finish, living without nipples or with imperfect results. Others opt not to have reconstruction, yet often are pressured to do it. A woman’s age, residence, insurance, hospital and breast surgeon all can affect her choice. Many women struggle with one of the biggest women’s health questions today: lumpectomy and radiation or mastectomy?
“Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You” offers a glimpse into modern breast surgery and reconstruction with stories and photos of real women that provide a realistic and compelling look at what these procedures entail and the impact on womens’ lives. This is a unique book to help other women with issues surrounding their choices, with powerful insights from those who have been there.
SHORT VERSION: 45 words
Breast cancer surgery and reconstruction offer more choices for women than ever before. But looking back, women say they wish they knew more. Blending powerful insights from survivors with emotional and health perspectives, the authors provide a powerful resource for women and their loved ones.
LONGER VERSION: 98 words
More than 100,000 American women undergo mastectomy and breast reconstruction every year. Thousands more are having double mastectomies to prevent it.
But most women do not emerge with a new breasts and nipples in a single operation. Breast reconstruction takes months and sometimes years. Some women never do, living without nipples or imperfect results. Health complications can occur any step along the way. Others struggle with one of the biggest women’s health questions today: Lumpectomy and radiation or mastectomy?
This is a book to help women with those issues, with powerful insights from women who have been there.