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The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook, Second Edition Paperback – September 30, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Carlo Press; 2nd edition (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966979974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966979978
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 you’ll 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Kathy Steligo writes about breast cancer, breast reconstruction and other health issues for numerous publications, websites, physicians and health organizations. She also counsels women about their reconstructive options, conducts breast reconstruction seminars, and provides writing workshops. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Kathy is editor-at-large for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook and co-author, Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer.

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The book has lots of photos, diagrams and information on resources.
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This book has been tremendously helpful for both my decisions of prophylactic mastectomy and post-cancer treatment reconstruction.
P. Andros
This book was extremely helpful and I would recommend it to anyone facing a similar situation.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Tom on November 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had spent countless hours researching the different reconstruction options when I was fortunate enough to read about this book on the Young Survival Coalition's message board. I immediately ordered it and was amazed at the clear descriptions of the procedures. I also loved the section that guided you on how to prepare for the surgery. I can't say enough about this book!

Jennifer Tom

Founder of Positively Pink Packages
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MCDuBois on December 1, 2011
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After having a double mastectomy and then facing reconstruction I needed a book that explained what what happening and what to expect. This book has become my breast cancer bible of sorts. It gave me understanding what my options were and helped me decide what next step to take. It is clearly written and easy to understand.

A must for anyone going through breast cancer and reconstruction. It has been by my side as much as my husband.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Survivor on November 7, 2003
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What a valuable resource. Kathy Steligo puts all the facts in layperson's terms without talking down to the reader. In fact, her friendly tone made me think she was talking just to me. The book answered so many of my questions in a very reassuring way. Obviously, it can't replace a consultation with a plastic surgeon, but it really augments what I learned from my doctor. I plan to share this book with my plastic surgeon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonz on February 28, 2013
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I think this book is good and it is helpful but it seems maybe a little outdated. Of course, keeping up with medical changes is quite a challenge. It would have been more helpful for me if I could read about the various types of surgeries in a more categorized way. Sometimes the implant surgeries and the flap surgeries are spoken of at the same time and the issues are quite different. But overall, very good. B
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snookies Mom on July 15, 2009
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This book is recommended by the Center for Breast Surgery in New Oleans (NOLA). I've read about half the book and have learned more than I have after doing extensive internet research and having a consult with 2 plastic surgeons. This is the first resource [...] that names the doctors and centers that have the most experience with the different types of breast reconstuction. The discussion of potiential side effects is straightforward, not frightening, and gives actual percentage rates for each complication AND what can be done to deal with the complication if it arises. This is the first resouce I've found that doesn't just list the complications and stop the discussion, but gives information that reassures me that complications can be dealt with. Every woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer or the BRCA1 or BRCA@ gene mutation should read this book BEFORE starting ANY treatment, even before lumpectomy. This book gives the information needed to make a truly informed decision, info that a general surgeon doesn't give you but that you really need to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Andros on December 12, 2005
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This was just what I needed, when I needed it. Kathy Steligo gives us her first hand experiences, adds quotes from other women who have been through the different procedures and combines it all with medical facts and figures to help the rest of us make sense of the confusing and often very scary reality of breast reconstruction. I'm sure her advice on handling insurance company issues is also keeping me from making mistakes that I would later regret financially!

This book has been tremendously helpful for both my decisions of prophylactic mastectomy and post-cancer treatment reconstruction.

Having breast cancer is not something any of us choose, but when we take what life deals us and use our experiences to educate others, that is truly noble. Thank you Kathy and all the women in your book, for having the courage to face cancer head on and the decency to help the rest of us by sharing your experiences and the knowledge you gained from your journeys past cancer, to reconstruction. I wish you all health and happiness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2003
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This guidebook is excellent-it quickly brought me up to speed on all the current techniques for reconstructive surgery, how they compare, and what factors to consider for each one-before, during and after.
The author is so down-to-earth that she makes learning about complex options-ones she's had to face herself-a lot easier. Knowing what questions to ask and how to understand the answers makes a huge difference when talking to your doctor. Get this book and read it before your next appointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2003
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The book is easy to read, easy to follow and literally walks women through the process of breast reconstruction. Every woman who is facing mastectomy should have this book. I wish it was available when I was making my decisions 7 years ago.
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