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A FORCE-Endorsed Resource is Updated and Expanded!

October 03, 2023

A FORCE-Endorsed Resource is Updated and Expanded!

by Kathy Steligo

For more than 20 years, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has provided the FORCE community with information about mastectomy, going flat and breast reconstruction.

I’m happy to share that an updated and expanded 5th edition is now available. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, the new edition has been renamed The Complete Guide to Breast Reconstruction. Different look, different title, but you can expect the same objective, straight-forward and comprehensive discussion of all things mastectomy and postmastectomy.

If you want to know what to expect from mastectomy, what it’s like to go flat, or understand all the ways your breasts can be recreated, I hope you’ll depend on The Complete Guide to Breast Reconstruction to help you along the way. I’m confident that you’ll find the answers you’re looking for and the information you need to make informed decisions about mastectomy with or without reconstruction. You might even discover questions that you haven’t thought of!

As Sue Friedman, Executive Director and founder of FORCE, says in her foreword to the book:

“At FORCE, the first piece of advice we give to everyone considering mastectomy is to read this book. And we will continue to do so with this new edition…that has had a profound impact on so many women. I have shared hundreds of copies with patients, colleagues, and friends who are navigating the breast cancer experience. [It] is the most important resource for anyone who is considering mastectomy to treat or reduce their breast cancer risk. The information, insight, and stories within will explain, support, inform, and show you that you are not alone.”

The book is available on Amazon, where you can peek at the Table of Contents and read a sample. It’s also available with a 30% discount from the publisher ( or 800-537-5487; use code HTWN).

Kathy Steligo is author of The Complete Guide to Breast Reconstruction, and along with Sue Friedman, DVM, and Allison W. Kurian, MD, is also co-author of Living with Hereditary Cancer Risk. Kathy has presented mastectomy and reconstruction options at every FORCE conference. She is also Editor-at-Large for FORCE.

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Tags: Breast Cancer , Reconstruction , Mastectomy

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