Women were waiting months for a mastectomy. This surgeon changed that.
In South Africa breast cancer can take 8 months to be diagnosed and 4 months for treatment to begin, but Project Flamingo is reducing the problem through its volunteer surgeons, who operate in their spare time -- and for free. To date they have saved the lives of 500 women. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

She Chose To 'Go Flat' And Wants Other Breast Cancer Survivors To Know They Can Too
After her double mastectomy, writer Catherine Guthrie came to embrace her new body, without breast reconstruction. But she's learned, women have to push the medical system to support this choice.(Image credit: Courtesy of Catherine Guthrie) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel D. Cohen Source Type: news

' But I'm a Man'; Tiny Tactic for Toxicity; Sex after Mastectomy
(MedPage Today) -- News, features, and commentary about cancer-related issues (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - October 25, 2018 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Kenya:I've Struggled With Tumours in My Breast Since I Was 15
[Nation] Jacintah Njeri, 26, first felt a lump on her right breast when she was 15. She underwent two surgeries. After the second surgery, she was she told that the mass was cancerous and she had to undergo a mastectomy. Today, she is vocal about cancer awareness on her social media platforms. Jacintah, a sales agent, shares her story with Nation.co.ke. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 23, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

ASTRO: Radiation therapy slashes breast cancer recurrence
Whole-breast radiation therapy can significantly lower the risk of recurrent...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Can dedicated breast PET identify suspicious lesions? Women still need breast imaging after mastectomy Is radiation therapy warranted for DCIS postlumpectomy? Microbubbles improve breast cancer radiation therapy ASTRO: Short radiation course safe for breast cancer (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 21, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ASTRO: Weekly breast radiation therapy is safe
A larger, weekly dose of radiation therapy has side effects that are comparable...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Can dedicated breast PET identify suspicious lesions? Women still need breast imaging after mastectomy Is radiation therapy warranted for DCIS postlumpectomy? Microbubbles improve breast cancer radiation therapy ASTRO: Short radiation course safe for breast cancer (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 21, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Living With Cancer: Flat Out: Rejecting Breast Reconstruction
After a double mastectomy, Catherine Guthrie wanted to retain her strength and challenge the idea of feminine norms. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SUSAN GUBAR Tags: Breast Cancer Women and Girls Mastectomy Surgery and Surgeons Muscles Source Type: news

Nerve Plane Block May Improve Mastectomy Pain
(MedPage Today) -- Also: obese children and post-surgery pain; patient-controlled epidurals after C-section (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - October 16, 2018 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Singer Beverley Craven defies a double mastectomy to go on a 32-date tour
Three weeks ago, singer songwriter Beverley Craven (pictured) had a double mastectomy. It is the second time the mother-of-three has faced the disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mastectomy Study: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Judy Boughey comments on the findings of a study that looked at mastectomy surgery. To listen, click the link below. Mastectomy Study (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 12, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Women still need breast imaging after mastectomy
Although women may be increasingly choosing mastectomy as a breast cancer treatment,...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Fewer high-risk women get mammography after USPSTF change Is radiation therapy warranted for DCIS postlumpectomy? Breast cancer follow-up imaging varies widely Biopsy rate is low after breast cancer What's the best way to follow up breast cancer survivors? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 9, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Future breast imaging and biopsy are not eliminated after mastectomy
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) A new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has determined that having a mastectomy does not completely eliminate the need for further breast imaging studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 9, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

How Scientists Are Treating Breast Cancer Using the Immune System
As a pharmacist, Kathy James considers herself well educated about the importance of getting regular cancer screenings. Even though the 55-year-old had no history of cancer in her family, she never skipped her regular mammograms, and she gave herself regular breast exams. So she was dumbfounded when, during one of those self-exams in May 2017, she felt a marble-size lump in her left breast. A visit to the doctor confirmed it. “The radiologist came in with his hands in his pockets and looked down and said, ‘It doesn’t look good,'” James says. After a biopsy, James and her husband learned she had meta...
Source: TIME: Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized breast cancer news Frontiers of Medicine Source Type: news

How Scientists Are Treating Breast Cancer Using the Immune System
As a pharmacist, Kathy James considers herself well educated about the importance of getting regular cancer screenings. Even though the 55-year-old had no history of cancer in her family, she never skipped her regular mammograms, and she gave herself regular breast exams. So she was dumbfounded when, during one of those self-exams in May 2017, she felt a marble-size lump in her left breast. A visit to the doctor confirmed it. “The radiologist came in with his hands in his pockets and looked down and said, ‘It doesn’t look good,'” James says. After a biopsy, James and her husband learned she had meta...
Source: TIME: Science - October 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized breast cancer news Frontiers of Medicine Source Type: news

Mastectomy Not the Only Option in Extensive DCIS
(MedPage Today) -- Lumpectomy plus RT viable if risks, benefits are explained (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - September 28, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Does CPM Reduce Breast Cancer Survivors' Anxiety? Does CPM Reduce Breast Cancer Survivors' Anxiety?
Dr Lidia Schapira discusses a unique study that prospectively analyzed worry, distress, and quality of life in a group of women who underwent contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Viewpoint Source Type: news

The father and daughter who BOTH chose to have a double mastectomy
The Bentley family has suffered more than most from cancer due to faulty gene. So, to combat this, Ian, 53, and Sarah, 29, from Cheshire, took drastic action. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why I'm happy 'living flat' after breast cancer
Juliet, who blogs about her recovery from cancer, explains why she didn’t want breast reconstruction after her mastectomy. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Double mastectomy recovery: What to know
It can be difficult to know what to expect after a double mastectomy. In this article, we discuss the physical and emotional side effects of surgery and provide tips to aid recovery at home. We also cover how to prepare for the procedure and the length of the recovery time. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Breast Cancer Source Type: news

New Approach to Breast Reconstruction May Reduce Pain and Weakness for Some
The technique places implants on top of muscle, instead of under it. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Implants Breasts Muscles Surgery and Surgeons Radiation Plastic Surgery Mastectomy Cancer Pain Source Type: news

AirXpanders Is Pumped for Anticipated Growth After Recent Financing
The company responsible for the first major change in breast tissue expansion in almost 40 years is getting strong support from investors. San Jose, CA-based AirXpanders recently closed a rights offering in Australia to raise roughly A$15.7 million, along with a U.S. placement to raise about $3.4 million (A$4.6 million), equivalent to a total of about $15 million before transaction costs. Vivo Ventures invested $3.3 million of the U.S. placement and the company's board chairman invested $500,000. "We are confident of the outlook for the company and the successful closing of our A$20.3 million raising place...
Source: MDDI - September 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Implants Source Type: news

Photo of a cancer survivor breastfeeding her son while displaying her mastectomy scar goes viral
Bo Smith, 32, from Sugar Land, Texas, posted the powerful photo of her with 10-day-old son James on Facebook. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BRCA gene: Double mastectomy for mum and daughter
Mary and Colette Moore are both getting ready to go to hospital to have the surgery. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lumpectomy + Radiation May Cut Breast Cancer Mortality in DCIS
Lumpectomy, radiotherapy tied to reduction in breast cancer mortality versus lumpectomy, mastectomy (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 20, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gynecology, Oncology, Radiology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Lumpectomy & #43; Radiation May Cut Breast Cancer Mortality in DCIS
MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 -- Treatment with lumpectomy and radiotherapy is associated with a reduction in breast cancer mortality versus lumpectomy or mastectomy alone among patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

$510,000 awarded to 10 startups at inaugural MassChallenge Texas finale
One makes nipples for people who get mastectomies, a couple of the startups turn trash into treasure, and one is even waging tiny wars in the water. Spurred on by some entrepreneurial words of wisdom, this crop of young companies is poised to have an impact on the world — and now they have some additional cash to further their dreams. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 16, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Mike Cronin Source Type: news

When Opioids for Cancer Pain Go Wrong: Clin Onc News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, breast-conserving surgery or mastectomy? (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - August 15, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Chest Wall Recurrences of Breast Cancer
A chest wall recurrence of breast cancer following mastectomy is a complex clinical problem that can push centers to the limits of their resources. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 15, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Cletus Arciero, MD, FACS, Peter Thompson, MD, Jane Lowe Meisel, MD, Caitlin E. Taylor, MD, Mylin A. Torres, MD, William C. Wood, MD Source Type: news

Association of radiation therapy plus lumpectomy in reduced risk of dying in women with DCIS
(JAMA Network) Lumpectomy plus radiation was associated with a small clinical benefit in reduced risk of breast cancer death compared with lumpectomy or mastectomy alone   in women   with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a noninvasive early form of breast cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - August 10, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Parsing the Worry Factor in Prophylactic Mastectomy
(MedPage Today) -- Patients may underestimate procedure's negative effects (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - August 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Mother who had a double mastectomy says reconstructive surgery has boosted her confidence
Nicole Darnell, 30, from South Wales, discovered she and her two sisters carried the mutated BRCA2 breast cancer gene after they watched their mother battle the disease twice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Magnetic System for Guiding Lymph Node Biopsies
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 -- A magnetic system for guiding lymph node biopsies in patients with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Sentimag System uses magnetic detection during a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Endomagnetics ’ device could help ID cancerous lymph nodes
Image courtesy of Endomagnetics, Inc. The FDA has approved Endomagnetics Inc.’s magnetic device system for guiding lymph node biopsies in breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy. The  Sentimag Magnetic Localization System detects magnetic seeds or a magnetic drug to identify the specific lymph nodes to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from the original tumor. A biopsy of these sentinel lymph nodes can help clinicians identify, remove and examine lymph nodes to determine whether cancer cells are present. “Sentinel lymph node biopsies are crucial for determining whether a patient’s b...
Source: Mass Device - July 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Diagnostics Drug-Device Combinations Oncology Endomagnetics FDA Source Type: news

FDA OKs New System for Detecting Lymph Nodes in Breast Cancer FDA OKs New System for Detecting Lymph Nodes in Breast Cancer
The FDA has approved the Magtrace and Sentimag Magnetic Localization System for identifying sentinel lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Alert Source Type: news

Breast cancer gene SCANDAL: Half the women who undergo mastectomies found to have harmless gene variant, NOT cancer
(Natural News) Half of American women who undergo bilateral mastectomy after genetic testing for breast cancer do not carry cancer-causing genes at all, a study revealed. The number of women undergoing preventive mastectomy reached exponential proportions following Angelina Jolie’s highly-publicized decision to remove both of her breasts in 2013. According to health professionals, millions have already... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potential New Surgical Options for Women with Multiple Ipsilateral Breast Cancer
A newly published collaborative national study finds that most women with two or three sites of cancer in a single breast can successfully complete breast conservation therapy rather than mastectomy. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School - July 16, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Geisel Communications Tags: News Research breast cancer Norris Cotton Cancer Center Source Type: news

New research finds that routine breast cancer tests lead to unnecessary mastectomies and chemotherapy
(Natural News) Are women’s fears of breast cancer driving them to get unnecessary, dangerous treatments like chemotherapy and mastectomies? A pair of studies shows just how much women are endangering their lives for no benefit after getting a diagnosis. The first is an unsettling U.K. study that looked at more than 2,700 women who were... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potential new surgical options for women with multiple ipsilateral breast cancer
(Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) Initial results of a new national clinical trial show that the majority of women with breast cancer who have two to three sites of disease in a single breast at the time of diagnosis are able to successfully complete breast-conserving surgery without conversion to mastectomy. This is the first prospective study to assess this possibility, and its findings improve the surgical choices available to women with multiple ipsilateral breast cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Health Tip: Travel Tips For Women With Breast Prosthesis
-- After a mastectomy, many women prefer to wear a prosthesis, in lieu of reconstructive surgery. The prosthesis often is made of silicone gel or foam, and will be placed inside a bra or directly on a woman's chest. Sometimes. a prosthesis can pose... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Mastectomy and Reconstruction in the Ptotic Patient Mastectomy and Reconstruction in the Ptotic Patient
The authors describe a staged approach to nipple-sparing mastectomy and reconstruction for patients with ptosis and additional risk factors.Plastic Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open (PRS Global Open) (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

' We've Scared Women': The Growth of Prophylactic Mastectomy'We've Scared Women': The Growth of Prophylactic Mastectomy
Why is it that women with cancer in one breast are increasingly likely to opt for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, when the evidence shows no survival benefit?Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Article Source Type: news

Dr. Gawande tapped to lead Amazon-JPM-Berkshire health play | Personnel Moves – June 21, 2018
The joint healthcare venture between Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase said this week it named Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon, New Yorker magazine staff writer and bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande as its CEO, effective July 9. The joint venture said that the newly formed company will be headquartered in Boston, and will operate as an independent entity free from profit-making incentives and constraints. Dr. Gawande also serves as a professor of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is the founding executive director of health system...
Source: Mass Device - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News AirXpanders Amazon Avantis Medical Systems Inc. Berkshire Hathaway Boston Scientific CHF Solutions Inc. Corindus Vascular Robotics Haemonetics Intuitive Surgical IsoRay JP Morgan Chase medicen Medtronic Source Type: news

Greater Satisfaction With Autologous Breast Reconstruction
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 -- Patients undergoing autologous post-mastectomy breast reconstruction have greater satisfaction than those undergoing implant reconstruction, and the odds of developing complications are significantly higher for autologous... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Breast reconstruction more satisfying than implants after cancer, survey says
Patients who had reconstruction after a mastectomy for breast cancer had more satisfaction and higher quality of life than those with implants, according to a survey. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Happier With Autologous Breast Reconstruction Women Happier With Autologous Breast Reconstruction
Two new studies provide'vital'information to share with women choosing between autologous or prosthetic breast reconstruction after mastectomy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

One in Three Women Undergoing Breast Reconstruction Have Complications
One in five require more surgery, and in 5 percent of cases, reconstruction fails. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Breasts Implants Breast Cancer Surgery and Surgeons Mastectomy Plastic Surgery Source Type: news

At 24, I’ve had a double mastectomy to beat the cancer curse on family
A WOMAN aged just 24 is one of the youngest in Britain to have a double mastectomy after seeing her mother and eight other relatives battle cancer. Esther Taylor has a gene mutation meaning she is at “high risk” of developing breast and ovarian cancer. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman is one of the youngest in the UK to have a double mastectomy
Esther Taylor,  from Preston, Lancashire, has an unidentified mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. She underwent the grueling nine-hour operation last March. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman, 24, is one of the youngest in the UK to have a double mastectomy
Esther Taylor,  from Preston, Lancashire, has an unidentified mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. She underwent the grueling nine-hour operation last March. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news