Direct-to-implant breast reconstruction, also known as immediate or one-step breast reconstruction, is the process of completing both the mastectomy and the breast reconstruction in a single surgical procedure. Traditional Breast Reconstruction Until the early 2000s, breast reconstruction involved several surgical procedures. In traditional breast reconstruction, the plastic surgeon would remove the breast tissue, then insert […]
The stages of breast cancer are listed in numerical order, 0 through IV, with each order signaling a more advanced stage of breast cancer. Knowing a patient’s stage helps the patient and doctor understand the prognosis, as well as talk about it with others. Each stage is based on four determining factors: Although there are […]
Metastatic breast cancer, or advanced breast cancer, is cancer that has spread from the breast to the lymph nodes or other organs, including bone, brain, lungs, and liver. Most women with this diagnosis have already completed treatment for stage I, II, or III breast cancer. Unlike other forms of cancer, metastatic breast cancer is chronic […]
If you have wondered whether a grant for breast reconstruction from the AiRS Foundation helps cancer survivors heal, don’t just take it from us. Hear from one of our grant recipients, Shannon Howden, who was interviewed by The Dallas Morning News about her experience with reconstruction.
If you receive a call from your doctor saying you should consider a mastectomy, to remove a cancerous breast or to prevent the possibility of breast cancer, it can leave you feeling shocked and overwhelmed. Beyond the trauma of receiving a mastectomy recommendation, there are several different options for mastectomies.