Posts Tagged ‘surgery’

What My Patients Are Asking: Can the Type of Anesthesia I Get Affect My Risk of Recurrence?

By on October 18th, 2016 Categories: Research News

Surgery is almost always part of the treatment plan for early-stage breast cancer. Whether the surgery is mastectomy or lumpectomy depends on a number of factors, including the characteristics of the cancer, a woman’s medical history, and her personal preferences.

Patients have asked me about any links between the type of anesthesia used during breast cancer surgery.

I searched the National Library of Medicine database

Breast Reconstruction Q&A with Scott Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.S.: Flap Reconstruction

By on July 8th, 2015 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

Welcome to our breast reconstruction Q&A blog series with Scott Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.S. of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans, LA. In this installment of our series, Dr. Sullivan answers your questions about using your own tissue to reconstruct a breast (flap reconstruction).

Read the Q&A with Dr. Sullivan on implant reconstruction.

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Choosing No Reconstruction — Are You the Only One?

By on July 31st, 2014 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

If you’re facing a mastectomy, you may be surprised to find that virtually everyone expects you to have reconstruction. Your doctors, your friends, and even your family may believe that without reconstruction you won’t be happy and you won’t feel whole or feminine. But what if you don’t share these concerns? What if you don’t think reconstruction is right for you?

Perhaps you want to …

Like Mother (in Law), Like Daughter (in Law)

By on June 11th, 2014 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

When I was facing a bilateral mastectomy, I had a wonderful role model — my mother-in-law, Reggie, who lived without breasts (and without reconstruction) for over 50 years. Reggie was a striking woman with dark wavy hair and flawless skin. She wore loose, flowing apparel, often accented by colorful scarves. The loose clothes were necessitated by severe lymphedema that developed in one arm after surgery …

Living a Breast-Free Life

By on March 25th, 2014 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

When I first met my mother-in-law, in 1972, she had recently recovered from her second mastectomy. She was only 46 at the time. She’d had her prior mastectomy at age 31. Reconstruction wasn’t an option back then. I remember feeling sorry for her, but also marveling at her positive attitude. She looked great — she wore breast forms and, had I not known about her …

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