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Can I Have Plastic Surgery to Fix a Lumpectomy Depression Before Having Radiation?

I had a lumpectomy and re-excision on one breast about 8 weeks ago. I am currently having chemotherapy and am scheduled to begin radiation in April.... READ MORE

Diep Flap Surgery 4 Weeks Post Op - 6 Months of Chemo. Incision Opened Up?

I am packing my incision twice a day (3 inches long and 1/2 inch deep. How long do these take to heal? Can I shower with this open incision? I keep it... READ MORE

I Am Considering Breast Reconstruction Using a Spectrum Implant/expander- What Result Can I Expect?

I had a tissue-sparing mastectomy in April. I had chemo but no radiation. I am a 38B. Is a Spectrum implant/expander reliable and produce a positive... READ MORE

DIEP After Radiation?

I had a right breast mastectomy, chemo, and radiation for breast cancer that included lymph node involvement. I am considering a DEIP for... READ MORE

Is a 32A to a 32C/D Unreasonable for a Bilateral Mastectomy Patient?

I am 5'3, 98 pounds, large 32A. Finishing chemo in 1mo and am debating radiation vs. bilateral mast. I have had a consult with a PS who highly... READ MORE

What Are my Options After a Failed LAT Flap?

Inflammatory Breast Cancer- 5/10 Radical Mastectomy on left then chemo & radiation. 4/11 Total Mastectomy on right & tissue expanders on both.... READ MORE

Should or Can I Get Pregnant After Chemo and Bilateral Tram Flap Surgery?

Should or Can I Get Pregnant After Chemo and Bilateral Tram Flap Surgery? READ MORE

Bi-lateral Mastectomy After BC, Chemo but No Raditiation & I Am Having Reconstruction with Implants?

I was told by someone who had this surgery that the process of the reconstruction w/implants would pull up or tighten skin of my upper abs a little is... READ MORE

Size of Implants. Had Chemo and Bilateral Mastectomy and Radiation?

I had Chemo, a bilateral mastectomy in Feb 2012 (and radiation). After my surgery, Dr said that I could only be a B cup from a 38 C. When i was hoping... READ MORE

Bilateral W TE,chem, Radiaition. Was 40C Now Want B's but PS Want to Use 500cc for Implant. Why?

Why would she want to use 500cc when they look and feel so big to me. I am 60 years old and don't need to look perky. I am not sure I even want to... READ MORE

I Had Fat Injection and Still Have the Hard Dent. Will the Dent Go Away on Its Own After After a Few Months?

I had fat injection and still have the hard dent. Breast implant removed and replaced after chemo and radiation. After radiation the left breast has... READ MORE

I Am Getting Chemo Before Mastectomy. When Will I Know if I Need Radiation After Surgery?

So far the oncologist has not said I need radiation but I don't think she has completely ruled it out either. I would like to have reconstruction with... READ MORE

My right breast is higher than the left and no capsular contraction? (photo)

I am having revision surgery and want to know my options? I had BC in 08/12, followed with a BM and expanders. I had chemo and herceptin treatments.... READ MORE

What Size of Cc Should I Be Looking at?

I am 5'9", 230 lbs, with a bilateral mastectomy. I had radical chemotherapy and radiation. I am concerned about how much my right breast will stretch... READ MORE

Is my situation one of major concern day 1 after 1st chemo treatment? (photo)

I had my first chemo treatment yesterday - 01/03/14 - with taxotere, carboplatin and herceptin to taget stage 1 HER2+ cancer cells. I had a double... READ MORE

Hard Dent in Breast After Chemo, Radiation and Reconstruction?

Breast implant removed and replaced after chemo and radiation. Numerous breast revision. Last surgery replaced3rd implant b/c breast swelling. After... READ MORE

I would like to know if the bravvo and fat transfer would really work under these conditions?

I am considering bilateral breast reconstruction after breast cancer. Chemo and radiation followed. 12 months of Herceptin ends in dec 2013. I would... READ MORE

Ongoing pain after port insertion to assist with chemo? (photo)

I had a port inserted to assist with the chemo, the port was inserted to deep and it was never use due to this. I then had the port removed in... READ MORE

Pros and Cons of staying "fat" for surgery?

I gained 40 lbs during chemo. Ideally I'd like bilateral recon using DIEP but I have no idea when due to insurance issues. I fear losing weight... READ MORE

Should I Go for Chemotherapy?

I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer which a right mastectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy with immediate implant reconstruction was done.... READ MORE

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