3-D Printing Technology after Breast Cancer

The question is, why didn’t we think of this before? Most of us own inkjet printers, yet few of us, except one, have every thought of doing anything else with a printer except print documents. Except Dr. Thomas Boland, who thought of something else. In the early 2000s, bioengineer Dr. …

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Why Radiate the Whole Breast When You Don’t Have To?

Breast cancer patients who require post-surgical radiation typically go through what is called “whole breast radiation.” In this procedure, the radiation oncologist directs high-energy x-rays at the entire breast to kill any cancer cells that may remain after surgery. Though this type of radiation is often effective at preventing recurrence, …

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Many Women Misjudge How They’ll Feel After Mastectomy

Source: Yale Cancer Center Women who have one or both breasts removed to treat cancer may have unrealistic expectations about how they’ll feel after that surgery and after breast reconstruction, if they choose that option, a U.S. study suggests. For the study, researchers surveyed 96 women with breast cancer before …

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Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Kristina Coccoluto has the BRCA1 gene mutation, which means her personal risk for breast cancer is 87 percent. She chose to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, reducing her risk to below five percent. She was prepared; when she discussed her mastectomy with her breast surgeon, she already had a consultation …

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Are Women Choosing Unnecessary Double Mastectomy?

Treatments for breast cancer have made dramatic advancements in the last 20 years. Survival rates are increasing and therapies now offer women more options for breast conservation and reconstruction. A diagnosis of breast cancer does not automatically mean a double mastectomy. But many women are opting for this procedure despite research showing …

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