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Increase in Rate of Breast Reconstruction for Mastectomy

Increase in Rate of Breast Reconstruction for Mastectomy

From 2009 to 2014, increases for all age groups, especially for women aged 65 years and older

Prosthetic Nipple Crowns Survivor's Quest for Improved Breast Reconstruction

Prosthetic Nipple Crowns Survivor's Quest for Improved Breast Reconstruction

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When her search for a realistic nipple to complete her breast reconstruction alluded Michelle Kolath-Arbel, a breast cancer survivor, she decided to make one herself.

Outcomes Similar With Postmastectomy Hypofractionation, Standard Radiation

Outcomes Similar With Postmastectomy Hypofractionation, Standard Radiation

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Researchers report that adjuvant HFRT and adjuvant CFRT offer similar benefits to women with high-risk breast cancer after mastectomy in an oral presentation at the 59th Annual Meeting of ASTRO.

One-Quarter of Patients With Early Breast Cancer Strongly Consider CPM

One-Quarter of Patients With Early Breast Cancer Strongly Consider CPM

A majority of patients with early-stage breast cancer consider undergoing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.

Breast Conservation Improves Survival vs Mastectomy in Breast Cancer

Breast Conservation Improves Survival vs Mastectomy in Breast Cancer

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Results of a recent study demonstrated overall survival was better among women who underwent breast-conserving surgery vs mastectomy. Furthermore, best overall survival was achieved with adjuvant radiotherapy in the former group and systemic therapy in the latter group.

Bilateral Mastectomy Without Proper Genetic Counseling

Bilateral Mastectomy Without Proper Genetic Counseling

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Many women with breast cancer with genetic variants of uncertain significance (VUS) undergo testing and bilateral mastectomy without receiving genetic counseling.

Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

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Many women with breast cancer with genetic VUS undergo testing and bilateral mastectomy (BLM) without ever receiving genetic counseling.

Fat Grafting May Lead to Better Outcomes in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction

Fat Grafting May Lead to Better Outcomes in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction

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Fat grafting provides benefits to women with breast cancer considering their options for postmastectomy breast reconstruction, even though this study shows that patient-reported outcomes are similar among women who did and did not undergo the procedure.

Mastectomy vs BCT: Understanding Women's Treatment Choice for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Mastectomy vs BCT: Understanding Women's Treatment Choice for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

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Canadian investigators sought to understand the factors that influence the treatment choices of women with early-stage breast cancer.

Cost and Complication Rates Differ Among Early Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Cost and Complication Rates Differ Among Early Breast Cancer Treatment Options

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Researchers compared cost data and complications between mastectomy with reconstruction and other guideline-based treatments for patients with early-stage breast cancer.

Recommendations Against Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Not Tied to Patient Satisfaction

Recommendations Against Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Not Tied to Patient Satisfaction

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Study finds patients are not more likely to report dissatisfaction, seek a second opinion, or change doctors due to physician recommendations against CPM.

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomies for Early Stage Invasive Breast Cancer Vary by State

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomies for Early Stage Invasive Breast Cancer Vary by State

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The proportion of women with invasive early-stage unilateral breast cancer electing CPM has increased significantly, and varies across US states.

Some Early Breast Cancer Patients Should Have Breast Conservation Instead of Mastectomy

Some Early Breast Cancer Patients Should Have Breast Conservation Instead of Mastectomy

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Investigators from the Netherlands present their research findings on survival in women with early stage breast cancer who underwent breast-conserving therapy vs mastectomy at the 2017 European Cancer Congress.

Acupuncture Improves Postoperative Symptoms in Women Undergoing Surgery for Breast Cancer

Acupuncture Improves Postoperative Symptoms in Women Undergoing Surgery for Breast Cancer

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The effects of a 2-treatment course of acupuncture on pain, nausea, and anxiety and ability to cope among women undergoing mastectomy was compared with usual care.

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians

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Cancers that cause more readily noticeable physical changes can produce self-image challenges for patients. This discussion reviews what interventions can help validate patients' self-image concerns.

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Harmonic Technology Compared With Conventional Techniques in Mastectomy and Breast-conserving Surgery With Lymphadenectomy for Breast Cancer

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Harmonic Technology Compared With Conventional Techniques in Mastectomy and Breast-conserving Surgery With Lymphadenectomy for Breast Cancer

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research compares Harmonic technology and conventional techniques for a range of clinical outcomes and complications in both mastectomy and BCS patients, including axillary lymph node dissection.

Individual Surgeons Influence Likelihood of Mastectomy for Treatment of Localized Breast Cancer

Individual Surgeons Influence Likelihood of Mastectomy for Treatment of Localized Breast Cancer

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A substantial and independent association between individual provider, the treatment center, and type of breast surgery among elderly women with breast cancer suggests the presence of physician and institutional biases. That is the conclusion of a Medicare claims database review presented at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Age Affects Outcomes After Mastectomy or Breast-conserving Therapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Age Affects Outcomes After Mastectomy or Breast-conserving Therapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer

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For women younger than 45 years with early stage breast cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes, opting for breast-conserving therapy with RT was associated with higher risk of local recurrence over 20 years compared with mastectomy and no RT.

Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Safe for Women With High Risk of Breast Cancer

Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Safe for Women With High Risk of Breast Cancer

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Prophylactic nipple-sparing mastectomy is as effective at preventing breast cancer as more invasive surgeries, according to a multi-institution study.

A stym therapy improves function and range of motion following mastectomy

A stym therapy improves function and range of motion following mastectomy

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research examines using Astym treatment to increase mobility after mastectomy.

Mastectomy Increases Life Expectancy in Younger Women With Ovarian Cancer

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Risk-reducing mastectomy (RRM) can increase life expectancy and be cost effective in women up to age 60 years with ovarian cancer as carriers of a BRCA mutation.

Significant Rise in Preventive Mastectomies for U.S. Women Over Past Decade

Significant Rise in Preventive Mastectomies for U.S. Women Over Past Decade

Patients with breast cancer increasingly opt to have the healthy breast removed, despite limited benefit.

Outcomes After Breast Reconstruction Surgery Vary Depending on Abdominal Donor Site

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In women undergoing postmastectomy breast reconstruction with their own tissue, a specific type of muscle-sparing abdominal tissue reduced complications and improved some aspects of quality of life.

Fat Injection for Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction Does Not Increase Risk of Recurrent Breast Cancer

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The use of lipofilling for postmastectomy breast reconstruction does not increase the risk of recurrent breast cancer. These findings are from an analysis of a plastic surgery database.

Travel Distance is Still a Barrier to Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Travel Distance is Still a Barrier to Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

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Travel distances continue to be a significant barrier to women undergoing breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer.

Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Offers Better Cosmetic and Psychological Outcomes for Patients With Breast Cancer

Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Offers Better Cosmetic and Psychological Outcomes for Patients With Breast Cancer

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Nipple-sparing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction results in higher reported patient body image, when compared to skin-sparing partial mastectomy (SS-PM), and may lower risk of local recurrence.

Breast Conservation Surgery as Effective as Mastectomy for Some Large Breast Tumors

Breast Conservation Surgery as Effective as Mastectomy for Some Large Breast Tumors

Findings suggest doctors shouldn't automatically rule out less invasive surgery plus radiation for some larger breast tumors.

More male breast cancer patients opting for dual breast removal

More male breast cancer patients opting for dual breast removal

The double mastectomy trend mirrors the one seen in women, researchers say.

Alternative procedure to radical mastectomy investigated

Alternative procedure to radical mastectomy investigated

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A revolutionary alternative to radical mastectomy has been developed that preserves the nipple, areola, and surrounding skin.

Research identifies factors in 'Angelina Jolie effect' on breast cancer screening

Research identifies factors in 'Angelina Jolie effect' on breast cancer screening

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Research indicates that Angelina Jolie's announcement that she had tested positive for BRCA1 influenced some women's intentions to seek out similar genetic testing.

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