Source: WPRI.com Eyewitness News
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A major medical advancement that was once available to only a limited number of patients is now an option for nearly all surgical breast cancer patients in Rhode Island.
It’s a new hidden scar surgery technique that uses an illuminated retractor. The additional light provides a brighter, clearer pathway to the tumor – improving the surgeon’s visibility during a lumpectomy and nipple sparing mastectomy.
Dena Smith, who runs the fashion and beauty blog Leo With Cancer, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, on her 29th birthday. As she began chemotherapy, the now 33-year-old shared her treatment experiences with her blog followers. When she underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery three years later, she once again took her readers on the journey with her—and in the process, she shared beautiful photos of her recovery that flip the script on how the internet views cancer treatment.
Gruelling medical treatment can leave a breast cancer survivor feeling undesirable and dreading dating again. Here three such women, who we treated to a makeover, tell how the disease has affected their love lives.
Source: Maria Palafox, MD Blog
Just Google “dating after breast cancer surgery” to cry your eyes out.
A Google search on “breast cancer scars” results in everything from home remedies to reduce the appearance of your mastectomy or lumpectomy scar- to how to prepare a new love for what he is going to see the first time you disrobe. If you want to cry your eyes out, Google “dating after breast cancer surgery”. The first article that came up for me was a Match.com article where one patient stated, “The first time I was intimate with someone after reconstruction…the look on his face was devastating.” Or another patient who stated, “He didn’t try to explore my scars or my boobs.” Worse still, breastcancer.org has a post that suggests breast cancer patients “buy an irresistible dog or a quirky, irresistible car” to improve their likelihood of finding a partner.
Source: FOX 10 TV
MOBILE, AL (WALA) – We all know someone who’s been affected by breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Fox10 and Infirmary Health are committed to keeping you informed on the disease. Dr. Sharla Gayle Patterson with Infirmary Health joined Studio10 to talk about the a few of the advancements now being practiced at Infirmary Health.