Category Archives: Breast Reconstruction

The Nipple: The Ultimate Challenge

Nearly three years ago, hearing that many women who undergo reconstruction end up with no nipples, or poor imitations of them, we began reporting that led to our book, ”Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What is Right for You.” It’s still is a big issue that a Tulane University biotech researcher hopes to address with a way to harvest the structure and even donate it to others.

Breast Reconstruction Regrets Common; Women Remain Uninformed, Study says

This study underscores the premise of our book : Too many women are uninformed about breast reconstruction — the choices, the problems, the discussion. This was the very problem we identified two years ago when we started the book.

More than one breast reconstruction surgery likely, study finds

Most women need several operations after a mastectomy to finish their breast reconstruction, a new study has found.

Of nearly 4,000 women studied, 88 percent had at least two breast reconstruction operations, 65 percent had more than two surgeries and 39 percent had four or more, according to the University of Toronto researchers. They presented their findings in Orlando  at the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. The study is based on data from women who had breast reconstruction procedures between 2002 and 2008.

Breast revision surgery, as well as the desire of some women to forego further surgery despite sometimes unsatisfying reconstruction results, are important topics to be covered in the upcoming book, “Breast Cancer Surgery & Reconstruction: What’s Best for You” by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

“We hope to give women the latest medical information on breast reconstruction but also share insights from other women who have had the surgeries,” said author Patricia Anstett.  “These are memorable stories that raise important issues other women will connect with,” said Anstett, a medical writer. Photographs by two-time Emmy-award-winning photographer Kathleen Galligan accompany the stories.