At a time when they're most vulnerable, women who lose their breasts to cancer must make decisions that will impact them for the rest of their lives, often without the information they need. Finally, women have a blueprint of the reconstruction process. They have choices. This book explains them all. --Sue Friedman, founder and Executive Director, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE
At last, a thorough, accurate, and up-to-date book on breast reconstruction. It's long overdue for women facing the confusing choices after mastectomy. --Dean Edell, MD
This resource is a comprehensive guide to the most important facets of this overwhelmingly complex topic. Those who review Kathy Steligo's carefully-researched writing enjoy the benefit of empowerment and a real-world understanding of their choices for post-mastectomy restoration. This book is a beacon in a sea of ever-expanding medical literature. --Frank DellaCroce, MD, FACs, co-founder and co-director, Center for Restorative Breast Surgery
From the Publisher
Mastectomy is a shocking pronouncement. Your oncologist or surgeon may recommend it to eliminate your breast cancer - who knew that "catching it early" might also mean losing a breast? Perhaps you've decided it's the best way to reduce your risk of developing the disease. Maybe you're trying to decide between lumpectomy and radiation or mastectomy.
Whatever your circumstances, you have alternatives after losing your breast. There are many ways to reconstruct a breast; you can choose which option is right for you. These choices, however, require decisions. Decisions require information.
You won't find answers in this book, but you will find the information you need to make your own decisions. You may decide reconstruction is right for you. You may not. Either way youll understand the benefits and limitations of each reconstructive technique, and what to expect each step of the way: before your surgery, in the hospital, during recovery, and life beyond reconstruction.
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