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‘I am afraid to tell you that you have breast cancer and you’re going to need a mastectomy.’
Hundreds of women hear these words every week in the UK, launching them into a world filled with doubt and fear of the unknown. Scores of questions rush to mind. How bad is the cancer? Will I need chemotherapy? What about my family and my children? Why me? And then, as the word ‘mastectomy’ sinks in, you need answers. Must I really lose my breast? How will it feel? Will people know? Will I ever look the same again?
This practical guide is based around the experiences of more than 60 women who have lived through this emotional helter-skelter. It explains all the surgical and non-surgical options available and covers all you need to know to help you make your decision about breast reconstruction. It will give you that extra confidence you’re looking for at this difficult time.
Experts focus on real patients, and as well as giving you lots of information about your choices, they explain:
Table of Contents:
- the emotional impact of breast surgery
- the potential complications and risks
- how other treatments may affect breast reconstruction
- options for those who decide not to have breast reconstruction
- exactly what’s involved, with lots of before and after photographs of breast reconstruction
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 What is breast reconstruction?
Part 3 Subpectoral reconstruction and implants
Part 4 Reconstruction with a latissimus dorsi (LD) flap
Part 5 Reconstruction with a transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous (TRAM) flap
Part 6 Reconstruction after partial mastectomy
Part 7 Reconstruction of the nipple and areola
Part 8 Surgery on your other breast
Part 9 Possible complications after breast reconstruction
Part 10 Will my reconstruction be affected by my breast cancer treatment?
Part 11 'Risk-reducing' mastectomy and reconstruction for high genetic risk
Part 12Getting ready for breast reconstruction
Part 13 Physiotherapy and rehabilitation after breast reconstruction
Part 14 Anxieties and concerns about breast reconstruction
Part 15 Mastectomy without reconstruction
Part 16 Getting all your information together quickly
Part 17 Final comments - would I do it again?
"Just as I was helped, I hope this book will help many others" Sally Taylor, TV presenter
"Most importantly, I was given the facts and the time to make the choice that was right for me. What more could we ask?" From the foreword by Jenni Murray
About the Authors:
Dick Rainsbury is a Consultant Breast Surgeon and Director of the Breast Unit at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, UK.
Virginia Straker is a researcher at Winchester & Eastleigh NHS Healthcare Trust and former Senior Breast Care Specialist Nurse at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, UK.