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Mastectomy is surgery to remove the breast (or as much of the breast tissue as possible).
Lipofilling safe for breast reconstruction

Lipofilling safe for breast reconstruction

For women undergoing breast cancer surgery, a technique called lipofilling—using the patient's own fat cells to optimize the results of breast reconstruction—does not increase the risk of recurrent breast cancer, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. [More]
Breast cancer patients only moderately informed about pros and cons of breast reconstructive surgery

Breast cancer patients only moderately informed about pros and cons of breast reconstructive surgery

A study by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and collaborators has uncovered a need to better inform breast cancer patients about the pros and cons of breast reconstructive surgery among women undergoing mastectomy. [More]
Long travel distances continue to be an obstacle to breast reconstruction after mastectomy

Long travel distances continue to be an obstacle to breast reconstruction after mastectomy

Long travel distances continue to be a significant obstacle to breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. [More]
Commercialization of health and beauty can lead to Angelina Jolie syndrome

Commercialization of health and beauty can lead to Angelina Jolie syndrome

The politicization and commercialization of health issues in today's Western culture have led to growing healthism -- a peremptory idea of self-preserving behaviour. This approach criticizes everything that fails to fit into the glamorous standards of a beautiful, young and slim body. [More]
Study may help guide patients and physicians to determine appropriate treatment option for early breast cancer

Study may help guide patients and physicians to determine appropriate treatment option for early breast cancer

In a review of guideline-concordant treatment modalities for women with early stage breast cancer, mastectomy and reconstruction had the highest rate of complications and complication-related costs, regardless of age. It was also the most expensive treatment option in a younger patient population, according to a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Surgeons’ contralateral breast cancer knowledge gaps identified

Surgeons’ contralateral breast cancer knowledge gaps identified

A survey of US surgeons reveals the gaps in the respondents’ knowledge of contralateral breast cancer risk. [More]
Health insurance coverage for transgender people is cost-effective, study finds

Health insurance coverage for transgender people is cost-effective, study finds

A new analysis led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that while most U.S. health insurance plans deny benefits to transgender men and women for medical care necessary to transition to the opposite sex, paying for sex reassignment surgery and hormones is actually cost-effective. [More]
Mason researchers patent new breast cancer treatment

Mason researchers patent new breast cancer treatment

George Mason University researchers have patented a new breast cancer treatment that uses a common malaria drug to stop cancer in its beginning stages. [More]
Women with elevated breast cancer risk can benefit from regular physical activity

Women with elevated breast cancer risk can benefit from regular physical activity

Regular physical activity could play a role in helping women at high-risk of breast cancer delay the need for drastic preventive measures such as prophylactic mastectomy, according to new research led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
APBI brachytherapy improves overall survival in selected patients with early stage breast cancer

APBI brachytherapy improves overall survival in selected patients with early stage breast cancer

The Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (GEC-ESTRO) today announced results from a prospective, randomized, multicenter phase III study comparing accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with interstitial multicatheter brachytherapy to whole breast irradiation (WBI). [More]
Lightpoint Medical's LightPath Imaging System now CE marked

Lightpoint Medical's LightPath Imaging System now CE marked

Lightpoint Medical, an innovative medical device company specializing in imaging technologies, announced today that the LightPath Imaging System is now CE marked, enabling the launch of the device in Europe. [More]
Study raises new questions about the best way to treat early cancer cells that define DCIS

Study raises new questions about the best way to treat early cancer cells that define DCIS

Treatment patterns for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) have shifted since the 1990s, with more U.S. women opting for lumpectomy in combination with radiation rather than single-breast mastectomy, according to a study lead by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. [More]
Novel technique may help women and their oncologists choose options for treating breast cancer

Novel technique may help women and their oncologists choose options for treating breast cancer

Biomedical engineers have demonstrated a proof-of-principle technique that could give women and their oncologists more personalized information to help them choose options for treating breast cancer. [More]
Preoperative MRI use increasing in breast cancer

Preoperative MRI use increasing in breast cancer

A Canadian research team reports a substantial increase in the use of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging over a 10-year period in women with newly diagnosed breast cancer. [More]
New project aims to develop web-based tool for women considering CPM

New project aims to develop web-based tool for women considering CPM

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey surgical oncologist Laurie J. Kirstein, MD, FACS, and Associate Director for Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Science Sharon L. Manne, PhD, have been awarded a $404,089 grant (R21CA187643) from the National Cancer Institute to explore the decision making process women with non-hereditary breast cancer undergo when considering the removal of a healthy breast. [More]
Innovative new device improves breast cancer treatment

Innovative new device improves breast cancer treatment

A surgeon with the Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is among the first in New England to adopt an innovative new device that improves the treatment of breast cancer by more precisely targeting radiation treatment and providing for better follow-up exams. [More]
Research: Cancer preventative surgery may not be necessary in the future

Research: Cancer preventative surgery may not be necessary in the future

Surgery to remove the breasts of women at increased risk of developing breast cancer may not be necessary in the future, according to research published in EBioMedicine. Two new studies looking at the effect the menstrual cycle has on the development of breast and ovarian cancer reveal alternative prevention strategies that may render surgery unnecessary. [More]
A new approach to prevent breast and ovarian cancer

A new approach to prevent breast and ovarian cancer

Surgery to remove the breasts of women at increased risk of developing breast cancer may not be necessary in the future, according to research published in EBioMedicine. [More]
UCLA study questions value of BRCA genetic testing in general population

UCLA study questions value of BRCA genetic testing in general population

Women who are carriers of mutated BRCA genes are known to have a significantly higher risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers than those who don't have the mutations. [More]
More men with breast cancer are opting for double mastectomy

More men with breast cancer are opting for double mastectomy

The number of men with invasive cancer in one breast who undergo surgery to remove both breasts is on the rise, according to a new report published in JAMA Surgery. [More]
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