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Know your options: New book demystifies breast reconstruction

Some 100,000 women diagnosed this year with breast cancer will undergo mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
Rhoda Baer, National Cancer Institute
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Some 100,000 women diagnosed this year with breast cancer will undergo mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Each and every year, more than 230,000 American women will hear the words, “You have breast cancer.”

Of those, some 100,000 will undergo mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

When your world’s been turned upside down by a breast cancer diagnosis, it can be hard to grasp what options are there for you.

Pat Anstett’s new book provides answers, presented through the stories of women who have been handed that breast cancer diagnosis and then followed many different paths in treatment and reconstruction.

The book is Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You.

Anstett sat down with us today to talk about the book and some of the options women have after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

In addition to the book, Anstett has put together an extensive website collecting women's stories and photographs. You can find that here.

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