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Just diagnosed,
know the facts

Current rates suggest that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime1. The good news is that many of these women will make a complete recovery. Proper education about breast cancer, its treatment, and after-treatment care are key tools on the path to becoming a breast cancer survivor.

Do you know what the 5 stages of breast cancer are? Or who should be on a complete breast cancer care team? How about what the proper procedures are to monitor for recurrence after your recovery? Read our Just Diagnosed section now for that information and much more.

And to help yourself or a loved one through this difficult time, be sure to visit our Support section to learn more about support resources for breast cancer survivors. Also review our valuable coping tips that offer advice for both women afflicted with breast cancer and their friends and family. It’s important to remember that no one has to travel this road alone.

Your reconstruction

Breast reconstruction to restore your shape after breast cancer can be done at the time of your mastectomy or at some point after your mastectomy - even weeks, months, or years later. That means it’s never too early or too late to learn about your breast reconstruction options.

Immediate breast reconstruction is performed at the time of your mastectomy. Your plastic surgeon will begin the reconstruction process immediately after your general surgeon removes the selected breast tissue. If you choose to have immediate reconstruction, you will never be without a breast mound.

Delayed breast reconstruction occurs after your mastectomy at whatever time is best for you. Delaying the reconstruction process may give you more time to consider your reconstructive options and/or expedite other treatments. Your plastic surgeon will begin the reconstruction process when you are ready.

There are advantages to both immediate and delayed breast reconstruction. Learn more about each procedure now so you can discuss your choices with your breast cancer care team.


In their own words

Watch our inspiring video testimonials featuring real women who have had breast reconstruction. For your consideration, we present these 21 true to life stories from breast cancer survivors just like you. Hear what each has to say about her unique experience with breast cancer and the positive effect breast reconstruction had on her life.

1Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Krapcho M, et al. SEER cancer statistics review, 1975–2007. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute, 2010

Restoring a body. Restoring a life.
Questions about breast reconstruction after a breast cancer diagnosis? Read the Cancer Support Community’s eBook, Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Breast Reconstruction. To download the free eBook to your e-reading device or smartphone go to:

Fellow breast cancer survivors meet up for lunch with their surgeons

Some patients who have surgery rarely get to see their surgeons, but in the case of breast cancer survivors, many got to have lunch with the doctors that saved their lives.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk brings people together to raise awareness of breast cancer

Between Aug. 24 to 26, more than a thousand individuals participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk through Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., as reported by CBS News.