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Episode 44: Fingertip Smears Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Detection

DiepCJourney Podcast

Release Date: 11/22/2023

Episode 53: The Value of the Co-Surgeon Model In Breast Reconstruction and Insurance Coverage Concerns show art Episode 53: The Value of the Co-Surgeon Model In Breast Reconstruction and Insurance Coverage Concerns

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The two-surgeon model in microvascular breast reconstruction and concerns about insurance coverage is a topic we are tackling on the . I have NOT come to understand the complexities of insurance but have gained a great deal of empathy for those in the breast cancer community who deal with these complexities, and that includes patients and surgeons. I was certain I needed to invite a guest I was completely comfortable discussing this topic with. We go back a bit. I have built trust in his principles over time and his focused passion on patient education. You have heard him on the podcast...

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Whether you have had a breast cancer diagnosis, have a genetic mutation placing you at high risk of getting breast cancer, have had or are facing a mastectomy due to either of these situations you will want to listen to this episode of the . The time has come to share a personal story of a woman I interviewed twice about her decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy and implant reconstruction. This is the continuation of her Journey. She came to a decision to exchange the implants she never quite felt comfortable in and transition to DIEP flap breast reconstruction and use her own tissue this...

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Have ever been you curious about the networking, conversations, and education that happens among colleagues at medical conferences? Or are there topics you see online but are not aware of the stories behind the social media posts from these conferences? I invite a returning guest to give you a behind the scenes look at one such conference, the annual conference of . We chose a few highlights and topics from the conference to share our experience so you can learn more about these rich learning events. Here to share the highpoints and a few of our favorite topics is one of the presenters at the...

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This episode of the t is well-timed to publish on March 1, 2024, the first day of lymphedema awareness month. We hope you will share this in your community for breast cancer patients affected by lymphedema to provide them with the resources needed to treat this condition and let them know there are specialists in surgical treatment options as well. My guest is one such specialist. is Chief of Plastic Surgery and faculty surgeon at and works as a microsurgeon with , , in San Antonio. It is important for listeners to understand the function and importance of the lymphatic system. Dr. Fries...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 DiepCJourney podcast interview sparked great interest in the work my guest is doing.

Professor Simona Francese, Professor of Forensic and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry at Sheffield Hallam University 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, “Non-invasive screening of breast cancer from fingertip smears – a proof of concept study”.

Professor Francese and I met at the London Breast Meeting this year where she opened the conference with her presentation on this topic. I was keen to follow up on an interview with her.

This interview along with slides she shares on the study can be viewed on the DiepCFoundation channel.

Research requires funding. As one who has had numerous mammograms, I am taking it upon myself to share information to reach out to Professor Francese for anyone interested in contacting her to bring financing to this project. It is a favor I am happy to do for her and to the breast cancer community I serve.

Simona Francese

Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

Howard Street S1 1WB, Sheffield, UK

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0044 114 2256165

 

You can find links to her social media accounts here:

Instagram: forensic_geek

LinkedIn: Simona Francese