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Reconstruction Overview

This section outlines the many options available and information about reconstructing breasts following mastectomy.

Related Force Information

Post-Reconstruction Thoughts on “Going Flat”
Guest blog by FORCE member Robin Karlin about her experience with reconstruction and complications.

After Mastectomy: Go Flat or Reconstruct
Blog post by Sue Friedman, Executive Director of FORCE shares her personal decision-making about reconstruction after mastectomy.

Making Postmastectomy Decisions: The Right Input is Critical
Guest blog by Kathy Steligo, author of the Breast Reconstruction Guidebook on why it is important to do research before choosing reconstruction after mastectomy.

After mastectomy: reconstruct or not?
XRAYS article covering a media story about the decision to have reconstruction or go flat after mastectomy.

FDA updates report on risk of lymphoma from breast implants
XRAYS article on update from the FDA on the risk of a rare type of lymphoma associated with breast implants.

Be Empowered Webinar: Breast Reconstruction Options
Are you interested in learning more about breast reconstruction after mastectomy? Join Kathy Steligo, author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook for an informative overview of the different breast reconstruction options for women undergoing mastectomy. This webinar is hosted as part of our Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day 2015 events.A as she discusses the use of panel testing in cancer risk assessment.

Post Mastectomy Photo Gallery
Secure site with images of women after mastectomy and reconstruction. These photos were submitted by our members to help other women who need to make decisions about mastectomy and reconstruction

Surgeon Referral 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.

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.


Breast Reconstruction Guidebook
This comprehensive resource, written by author Kathy Steligo, presents all the information that women need to make informed decisions about reconstruction in a clear and easy-to-read manner.

Book: Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You
Guest blog by author Pat Anstett provides and overview of her book.

Now What? A Patient's Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy
Written by an occupational therapist, this book provides women with tips and advice to aid recovery and prevent or address common complications and concerns after mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.

Other Websites

The Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundatio
This foundation provides grants to offset the costs of reconstructive surgery for lower income women.

Breast Reconstruction Guidebook Website
The website for this comprehensive book has a lot of great information including how to find a direct-to-implant or perforator flap surgeon in your area.

Breast Reconstruction Following Breast Removal
An article available via the website of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Plastic Surgeon Referral Service
Search this interactive database to find board-certified surgeons in a given geographic area who specialize in breast reconstruction or other procedures. The database is provided by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

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