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Episode 20: Planning Your Breast Reconstruction

DiepCJourney Podcast

Release Date: 10/19/2022

Episode 26: Breast Cancer Through the Lens of a Nurse Navigator show art Episode 26: Breast Cancer Through the Lens of a Nurse Navigator

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We are discussing a topic that will resonate with many of our listeners who have been affected by breast cancer. Whether you are the patient, caregiver, physician, or surgeon we are going to discuss navigating the complex Journey of being diagnosed with breast cancer through the lens of a nurse navigator. How does one seek this help at the cancer center you are being treated at? We will discuss working during a diagnosis and while in treatment and living a full and purposeful life as a survivor after breast cancer and breast reconstruction. We will also unpack the often challenging topic of...

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Since having DIEP flap, a plastic reconstructive surgery technique performed to rebuild breasts after a mastectomy, I have been fascinated with the field of plastic surgery and topics related specifically to breast reconstruction. I interview , CEO, of Spectros for the first episode of season three of the . Rob shares the story of his visit to the Queen Victory hospital () in England. He was able to visit Queen Victoria while attending the in late 2022. While at the conference, Rob demonstrated the developed by Spectros. T-Stat is used to monitor flaps in breast reconstruction and in our...

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Episode 24: Thought Leaders in Shared Decision-Making show art Episode 24: Thought Leaders in Shared Decision-Making

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The final episode of Season 2 of the DiepCJourney podcast brings together thought leaders in shared decision-making. This fireside chat includes the members of the (WHIS) . This team was formulated and is led by who founded WHIS in 2015. Taking a Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG3) approach to person centered health, Gareth Presch recognized that there were five key cornerstones of which all needed to be supported, at a the same time, by the same people: Health, Economy, Education, Environment, and Ecosystems. He discusses his work by looking back at the accomplishments and milestones met in...

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Episode 23: Dietitian and Coach for Breast Cancer Survivors show art Episode 23: Dietitian and Coach for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Food and what to eat after a breast cancer diagnosis is our topic on this episode of the . About 80% of all breast cancers are ER positive. This means the breast cancer cells grow in response to the hormone estrogen. With so much information about what to eat, what not to eat, how much to eat, food can become a topic that triggers anxiety and confusion. My guest today is . She is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, and certified personal trainer. Most women diagnosed with hormone-positive breast cancer feel anxious and confused about food, especially after they finish treatment. She...

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How many people diagnosed with breast cancer think about clinical trials or being part of one? In this episode of the we are going to discuss the importance of patients asking about participation in clinical trials and studies to improve the lives of breast cancer patients. My guest is . She is the Director of Breast Oncology at the and Professor of Medicine at . Dr. Graff is passionate about connecting with her patients for personalized care and advancing breast cancer research, and breast cancer prevention. Our interview includes the process and steps involved for patients who sign up for...

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High definition DIEP flap is combining the aesthetics of plastic surgery and the skill of microsurgery to optimize the donor site, the abdominal area, in breast reconstruction. of , sat down with me to record a Facebook Live interview for the . This occurred the day after BRA day, Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day 2022. This podcast is being used across other platforms, including the , and will also be seen on the The techniques used in high-definition DIEP flaps include methods of suturing and fat grafting to contour the shape of the abdominal area. Dr. Gassman addresses what patients are...

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Episode 20: Planning Your Breast Reconstruction show art Episode 20: Planning Your Breast Reconstruction

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You have been diagnosed with breast cancer or find you are at high risk of getting breast cancer and are facing a mastectomy. Now what? If you choose to reconstruct your breast what does this process look like? Patients are inundated with information at the beginning of a diagnosis or finding they have a genetic mutation. They see an oncologist, breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, radiologist, and other medical specialists. Where does a patient begin the research and planning for your breast reconstruction? Is timing important if you are currently undergoing treatment, either chemotherapy or...

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Episode 19: Efficient DIEP Flaps show art Episode 19: Efficient DIEP Flaps

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DIEP flaps are a type of breast reconstruction using a patient’s own tissue to reconstruct breasts after mastectomy for those affected by breast cancer. DIEP stands for deep inferior epigastric perforators. Epigastric refers to the abdominal area. The underlying tissue and perforators (blood vessels) are disconnected by the microsurgeon from the abdominal area and transplanted to the breast area to create soft, warm, tissue much like the breasts removed during mastectomy. To do an efficient DIEP flap requires years of training, skill, planning, and a team. My guest, is one of the Breast...

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Breast cancer patients seek information about medical tattoos for varied reasons. This can include decorative tattoos to cover scars after breast surgery or 3D nipple/areola tattoos to artistically recreate the nipple/areola area of the breast sometimes removed during surgery. I am speaking to two medical tattoo artists on this episode of the , and . Connecting these cross-continental experts and discussing their work combines out collective interest in helping those affected by breast cancer understand what medical tattoos are. Nicole and Eric explain the technical and emotional aspect of...

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Episode 17: Dense Breasts show art Episode 17: Dense Breasts

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Have you ever been told you have dense breasts by a clinician after a mammogram? Whether you have or not, our topic on this episode of the is focused on dense breasts. My guest is a patient advocate who carries this message to many after her own diagnosis. shares the story of her diagnosis and why her tag line, “Your Breast Density Matters” has become a call to action for patients and clinicians alike. Patient advocacy is often born out of a diagnosis. What one experiences upon hearing you have breast cancer, often becomes a catalyst for change. Siobhán is beating the drum for dense...

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You have been diagnosed with breast cancer or find you are at high risk of getting breast cancer and are facing a mastectomy. Now what? If you choose to reconstruct your breast what does this process look like?

Patients are inundated with information at the beginning of a diagnosis or finding they have a genetic mutation. They see an oncologist, breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, radiologist, and other medical specialists. Where does a patient begin the research and planning for your breast reconstruction? Is timing important if you are currently undergoing treatment, either chemotherapy or radiation? Are lifestyle considerations important in the decision process?

My guest on this episode of the DiepCJourney podcast is Dr. Santosh Kale, MD, MBA. He is a board-certified Plastic and reconstructive microsurgeon who practices in Gahanna, Ohio at Midwest Breast and Aesthetic Surgery just outside of Columbus Ohio. Along with his team at Midwest Breast he specializes in beast reconstruction (implant and tissue-based), aesthetic breast surgery, body contouring, and lymphedema surgery.

The discussion we have today covers many of these topics in general terms for patients to begin to consider as they plan their own reconstructive Journey. Our goal is to provide this information to assist you an your consults in preparation for your breast reconstruction surgery.