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Mastectomy

Learn about the steps that high-risk women can take to manage their risk and protect their health.

Related Force Information

Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
This FORCE-endorsed book was written by founder and Executive Director Sue Friedman; geneticist Rebecca Sutphen, MD; and health writer, Kathy Steligo. This book is a comprehensive resource on all topics related to hereditary cancer, genetic testing, and risk-management.

Patient Experience Contact Tool
The Patient Experience Contact Tool is a searchable database of surgeons and related health-care providers that have been used by members of our community. The tool is provided to allow patients to connect one to one and share their experiences about their experiences.

Mastectomy Surgery Checklist
FORCE has compiled this list of suggestions from volunteers to help women prepare for mastectomy surgery.

Mastectomy Options: The Changing Face of Mastectomy
Webcast of presentation by Dr. Christine Laronga from 2011 Joining FORCEs Conference.

Books

Now What?: A Patient's Guide to Recovery after Mastectomy
This book has answers to the questions of importance to women undergoing mastectomy.

Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
This FORCE-endorsed book was written by founder and Executive Director Sue Friedman; geneticist Rebecca Sutphen, MD; and health writer, Kathy Steligo. This book is a comprehensive resource on all topics related to hereditary cancer, genetic testing, and risk-management.

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book

Living in the Postmastectomy Body: Learning to Live in and Love Your Body Again
Rebecca Zuckweiler

Other Websites

BFFL Co
BFFL Co has a detailed guide and check list for women having a mastectomy. They carry their own line of mastectomy bras, pillows, and other essentials for women undergoing this surgery.

Decision Tool for Women with BRCA Mutations
Developed by researchers at Stanford University, this tool is designed to help women with BRCA mutations understand the risks and survival benefits for each risk-management option in order to make the decision that is right for them.

BreastCancer.Org
Information on the different types of mastectomies, including illustrations of each.

Imaginis
Information on types of mastectomies and breast surgery. This site is sponsored by Siemens, a company that produces imaging equipment.

National Lymphedema Network
Information on preventing lymphedema and information on how to find specialists who can diagnose and manage lymphedema.