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

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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

About the Author

Author Kathy Steligo has had breast cancer twice, endured a double mastectomy and has had breast reconstruction twice. <P>While her book is well-researched and applauded by patients and medical professionals alike, she also writes from personal experience, having gone through reconstruction twice. She spoke with more than 500 women while researching the book, along with countless nurses, oncologists, researchers and plastic surgeons.
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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: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think this book is good and it is helpful but it seems maybe a little outdated.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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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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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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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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Kathy Steligo has done an incredible of clearly, simply, and calmly explaining all facets of this important and emotional topic, from "what to bring to the hospital" lists to addressing the major emotional aspects to this type of surgery. She explains the different types of reconstruction and lays out the advantages and disadvantages of each, and also discusses how best to choose a surgeon (one with lots of experience!). I read this book first in a panic, but have subsequently returned to it many times for the sage advice.
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Kathy Steligo is an incredible woman and wrote this incredible book after not finding it when she needed it. I am in my journey of breast cancer and finding the information about all the different options has been, for the most part, very difficult. Not any longer. Oh, I still have questions, but I now know a lot more about all the methods of breast reconstruction and it will really be a big tool in my eventual decision of what method(s) to use both for mastecomy and for reconstruction. PLUS she writes in an inclusive manner, making those of us who have different support systems feel included too. If you're at all on this journey, definitely buy this book, you won't be a bit sorry.
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I bought The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook several weeks ago and it has been an incredible resource! Due to a genetic mutation (BRCA2), I'm preparing for bilateral prophylactic mastectomies. The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook clearly explains mastectomy and reconstruction procedures, questions to ask my potential surgeons, how to prepare for surgery, and what to expect during my recovery. Kathy Steligo's book has helped me sort out my options at a very scary time, and for that I am truly grateful!!
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This book was incredibly helpful to me. At a time when I was extremely anxious and being bombarded with lots of complicated information, this book provided me with exactly what I needed in an easy to understand way. The author has firsthand knowledge of the topic, which I think makes a real difference. The book has lots of photos, diagrams and information on resources. If you're in the unfortunate situation of needing to consider breast reconstruction, this book tells you everything you need to know.
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