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Mastectomy

On Mastectomies, Pink Ribbon Culture, and Women's Choices

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Karuna Jaggar

The decision to surgically remove a breast either to treat or prevent cancer can never be taken lightly. And, in our breast-obsessed culture, for many women this medical decision is further complicated by societal pressures and norms.

Taking Cancer to Heart

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

Just days ago, I had a mastectomy, a bilateral "simple" one, though of course for anyone going through it, there is nothing simple about it. For me to be sure, it has been far from simple.

The Devil You Know: Why I Chose to Remove Both Breasts

TueNight | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

My decision was based on fear. I was scared to get cancer, so I just figured out how not to get it and took the necessary steps to make that happen. And lo and behold, I seem to have outsmarted the little fucker.

To My Daughter On The Eve Of My Mastectomy

Jessica Borelli, Ph.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Parents
Jessica Borelli, Ph.D.

The greatest outcome of this entire ordeal is that I will send a powerful message to my children: that when faced with the most terrifying things in life, their mother is the type of person who, despite feeling immense fear, marches forward.

New Swimwear Line Proves You Don't Need 2 Breasts To Look Sexy

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.29.2014 | Impact

"Who says you need two?" That's the question a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters are asking after founding "Monokini 2.0," a social a...

The Drains, the Stitches and the Store That Had My Mastectomy Covered

Allison W. Gryphon | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Allison W. Gryphon

It was strange to think back on being that young sales girl, who never considered she might one day be a customer of the store's special service, but the relief it might still be in place was beyond comforting.

My Year of Fear: Facing Down Cancer

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Huggins

Even if my cancer does return and even if it does eventually kill me, I won't spend the rest of my life in fear. And maybe someday I'll actually believe what I've just written. I'm not there yet, but I'm working on it.

When the Earth Goes Back to Being Flat

Carol Smaldino | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

I see surprise as trumping superstition, though one can't plan it. Passover is coming, on its own. As vulnerable as I'm feeling, physically and emotionally, I feel a sense of something less enslaving.

Nude Portrait Series Reveals The Beauty And Strength Of Breast Cancer Survivors

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts

Photographer Charise Isis is turning the female nude trope on its head, transforming imagery we associate with masterpieces of yore into visual tribut...

'The Silver Lining': An Insightful Guide to the Realities of Breast Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Looking for and finding Silver Linings was essential to my well-being during treatment. They buoyed me and kept my spirits hopeful from the time of my diagnosis throughout my double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. Silver Linings gave me the balance and perspective to get me through the darkest of days.

How A Health Crisis Made Me Stop Bad-Mouthing My Body

Mary Darling Montero, LCSW | Posted 04.23.2014 | Women
Mary Darling Montero, LCSW

I am standing in front of my bathroom mirror, about to look at the surgery site for the first time. I take off the surgical bra and see two large, rectangular bandages. I pinch their corners and breathe in, then out. I pull them off.

LOOK: One Woman's Harrowing, Stunning Journey Through Breast Cancer (NSFW)

Nina Bahadur | The Huffington Post | Posted 02.07.2014 | Women

When Hannah Foxley learned she had cancer, she never imagined that she would end up posing naked for Cosmopolitan magazine. (Those images appear below...

Notable Medical News of 2013

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel P. Malito

Keep in mind it wasn't easy to select just three notable medical stories from the past year, but I do believe this trio is one that will not only provide you with useful information, but will make you much more attractive to others and likely get you invited to many high class social events.

Physicians Need to Help Women Close the Knowledge Gap About Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Catheryn Yashar, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

While Jolie's decision was the right one for her based on her circumstances, breast cancer treatment requires customized, individualized decision making.

My Circle of Strength

Janet Pardo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Janet Pardo

I've always been very diligent about staying on top of my health. So, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2013, of course I was terrified -- but I also knew exactly where to turn.

A Tale of Three (and a Half) Foobs: Two Cancer Survivors Tell Their Mastectomy Stories

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Most women have a love/hate relationship with their breasts. And then there's the cruelest joke of all. "The girls," those beautiful bumps we could hardly wait to grow, try to kill us. We hear the four words that change us forever: you have breast cancer.

Post-Mastectomy Options

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

The decision to have a mastectomy is not one to be taken lightly, and I do not know a woman out there who did not agonize over it, including myself. For me, it was the right decision, but that does not mean I came to it easily.

I Got A Double Mastectomy At Age 27

Posted 10.23.2013 | Women

Having watched her mother's struggle with breast cancer and learning that she was positive for the BRCA2 gene, Megan Hartman chose to undergo a preven...

WATCH: The Promise I Made To My Dying Mother

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

To fulfill a wish to her dying mother, Megan Hartman underwent a preventative mastectomy in her twenties. She recently tattooed her chest in an attemp...

TV Star Talks About Double Mastectomy

The Capital, Annapolis, Md. | Tim Pratt | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC

When Giuliana Rancic found out she had breast cancer in 2011, it was beyond shocking. The E! television personality, who grew up in Bethesda, was try...

Proof Breasts Don't Make You A Woman

Posted 09.30.2013 | Women

We often think of breasts as being inextricably linked to a woman's femininity -- but what about women who don't have them, such as breast cancer pati...

Why Men's Fear of Talking About Breasts Is a Problem

Noel Franus | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Noel Franus

If we're going to make any strides towards ending breast cancer and improving the quality of life for those who have survived, we men need to be able to talk about breasts in non-sexualized ways.

Some Women Undergo Unnecessary Double Mastectomies

Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Lauren Cahoon Roberts, Contributing writer Published: 09/16/2013 09:12 PM EDT on LiveScience "If Angelina Jolie did it, shouldn't I do the sa...

What It's Really Like Post-Mastectomy

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 11.14.2013 | Women
Joanna_Montgomery

Those of us who either opted to have mastectomies as a preventative measure, or had mastectomies as a life-saving measure, aren't excited about our "new boobs." In truth, we'll never be the same. We see ourselves differently now when we look in the mirror, because we are different, inside as well as outside.

Breast Reconstruction: 2012 Statistics and the Sounds of Silence!

Lisa Masters | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Lisa Masters

Can nothing be done? Are women being sent home disfigured unnecessarily? Are we as women and physicians uninformed of available procedures? Do the majority of plastic surgeons choose not to make breast reconstruction a part of their practice?