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.



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