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Episode 6: Breast Reconstruction in the U.K.

DiepCJourney Podcast

Release Date: 03/23/2022

Episode 50: A Young Nurse and Her DIEP Flap Story show art Episode 50: A Young Nurse and Her DIEP Flap Story

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This episode of the shares a fascinating story of a young woman who graciously and professionally takes us through her Journey from being diagnosed with breast cancer, cold capping, the affect on her family and young daughters, and to the story of her DIEP flap breast reconstruction.   She never felt a lump. She was enrolled in a high-risk program based on her family history. Because of this, she found the cancer early.   My guest is Lacey Terpstra-Reid. She is a registered nurse residing in Guthrie Oklahoma. In November 2022 she was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer at...

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Episode 49: Fat Necrosis: What to Know and Look for in Breast Reconstruction show art Episode 49: Fat Necrosis: What to Know and Look for in Breast Reconstruction

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With any type of surgery there are risks and possible complications. We are tackling a topic on this episode of the that is frequently discussed in the community served at DiepCFoundation. I reached out to an expert in the field for our discussion on fat grafting in breast reconstruction. founded in Spokane Washington in 2010 after completing her surgical training at the prestigious University of Washington Plastic Surgery Residency. She works with a group of five other surgeons performing various aesthetic and plastic surgery procedures including like DIEP flap. Preoperative patient...

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Episode 48: NAPBC Standards in Exercise Oncology show art Episode 48: NAPBC Standards in Exercise Oncology

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There is hard science to support the benefits of exercise for those who are affected by cancer of any kind. We will discuss this on this episode of the . The good news is that now the  introduced new standards in January of 2024 for exercise oncology. Supporting this initiative is . Nationally there are around sixty-five hospitals and locations Maple Tree Cancer Alliance is partnering with to help patients and the medical community implement these changes to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. I am speaking to the Founder and CEO of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, , PhD, and their...

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Episode 47: BIA/ALCL Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment show art Episode 47: BIA/ALCL Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Millions of women across the globe have undergone breast augmentation using a medical device called a breast implant. This is done for reasons such as cosmesis, sometimes called enhancement of the breast, but also for trauma to the chest wall or for oncological reasons meaning breast cancer. Any surgery is not without risks. Using a medical device like a breast implant is not different. This is the focus of our discussion on this episode of the . My guest is a leading expert in the field. We are going to discuss the medical definition, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment BIA/ALCL. This stands...

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Episode 46: DIEP Flap and the London Breast Meeting show art Episode 46: DIEP Flap and the London Breast Meeting

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I feel twice fortunate to be speaking to my guest on this episode of the on two topics, her specialty of performing DIEP Flap breast reconstruction and her role as conference scientific chair for the . It was a phenomenal experience for me to meet her in person at the London Breast Meeting where I learned a great deal from the game-changers in breast surgery, oncology, and breast reconstruction. This gives me the ability to bring more in-depth information to the listeners and breast cancer community we serve at . I am speaking with , a consultant in plastic and reconstructive plastic surgery...

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Episode 45: A Wife and Husband's Journey Through Breast Cancer show art Episode 45: A Wife and Husband's Journey Through Breast Cancer

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In this episode of the  I speak to Nikki and Sean, a married couple who share the poignant story of going through Nikki’s discovery of a genetic mutation and facing the shocking news of breast cancer. It is who we meet through our own breast cancer Journey that has a profound impact on a person’s personal life. Nikki and Sean are two of those people in my life. We experience a range of emotions together throughout the podcast because we have known each other for some time. This story needs to be shared in as much as it was difficult at times for us all. Nikki and Sean give us an...

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Episode 44: Fingertip Smears Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Detection show art Episode 44: Fingertip Smears Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Detection

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Mammograms are known to be the most common form of breast imaging to screen for breast cancer. This form of breast imaging is known to some to be uncomfortable and for some women culturally unacceptable. So, this interview sparked great interest in the work my guest is doing. , Professor of Forensic and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry at is my guest. Her work and interest in forensic science lead her to a serendipitous discovery published in a paper she authored with others entitled, “. Professor Francese and I met at the this year where she opened the conference with her presentation on...

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Episode 43: The Drain-Free DIEP Flap Concept show art Episode 43: The Drain-Free DIEP Flap Concept

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DIEP flap breast reconstruction most often requires surgical drains for post operative care. Patients often mention to me they are awkward, can become infected at the suture site where they are attached to the skin, and are cumbersome to hide under clothing after surgery when going out in public. My guest on this episode of the has been in communication with me over the past year in anticipation of his recently published paper, . , is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon with the NHS and private practice at . He graduated with distinctions from University College London...

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Episode 42: Clips, Mesh, and Sutures in Breast Reconstruction show art Episode 42: Clips, Mesh, and Sutures in Breast Reconstruction

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from in Charleston, South Carolina, discusses the use of clips, mesh, and sutures used in breast reconstruction surgery on this episode of the . Many patients ask about these tools and devices. The information Dr. Craigies provides helps the listener understand their use and function in procedures like . This podcast cast is a remake of the . We want to present platforms to watch and listen for patients as they reserach options for surgery after mastectomy. Our aim is to provide this information so the listener can takes notes, pause, rewind and replay the episode to prepare questions in...

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Episode 41: Achieving Wellness through Breast Cancer show art Episode 41: Achieving Wellness through Breast Cancer

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My guests on the are often made through connections in the breast cancer community. This is the case for Amy Robinson. She was introduced to me by another survivor who like me, benefits from the practice of meditation as part of her survivorship after surgery, treatment, and recovery. As a treat at the end of the podcast, I ask Amy to take us through a three-minute meditation. You won’t want to miss it! My guest, Amy Robinson, created Radiant Healing Together in 2022 transforming the breast cancer experience with vital research, caring support, and warm community. Her 12+ weekly live...

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On this episode of the DiepCJourney podcast I interview microsurgeons specific to and practicing at The Guys and St. Thomas. It is a hospital that is part of the NHS (National Health System) Trust in London, United Kingdom. These microsurgeons all work in an integrative setting for breast cancer patients and those affected by breast cancer with a genetic mutation placing them at higher risk of getting breast cancer.  We talk about the process of offering all options of breast reconstruction for their patients, lymphedema surgery, working with patients of color and the affects melanated skin has on scars, the advantages, and disadvantages of social media in breast reconstruction, and what it means to be part of this team of microsurgeons working together for patients. 

The following surgeons can be found on LinkedIn:

Mark Ho-Asjoe

Ken Otuoke

Maleeha Mughal

Paul Roblin

Marlene See 

Dr. Pari Mohanna's iformation can be found here:

Pari-Naz Mohanna, Consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon