Mastectomy

4 Women Talk About How They Got Through Their Mastectomy

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A breast cancer diagnosis is always devastating, and for many women the news also means a life-changing operation. A mastectomy doesn’t just change...

Kirstie Allsopp Chose Not To Have Mastectomy

Dr. Sam Godfrey | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sam Godfrey

Kirstie's higher risk is only suspected by doctors, but they had enough of a suspicion to offer preventative treatments. This offer led to her sister choosing to have a mastectomy and Kirstie choosing not to.

Male Breast Cancer Survivors Open Up About Their Mastectomy Scars

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Many of us think of breast cancer as a woman’s disease, but men suffer too. Around 350 men are diagnosed with the disease every year in the UK, comp...

These Bras Will Change Your Perception Of Mastectomy Lingerie

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Style

Lingerie brands can no longer ignore the fact that a large proportion of their customer base will have had breast cancer, as according to Cancer Resea...

Breast Cancer Survivors Bare Their Scars And Share Stories Of Hope In Empowering Book

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: images featured in this article contain nudity. Breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies have shared emotional yet empowering ...

Breast Cancer Survivor's Mastectomy Tattoo Transforms Her Scars Into Breathtaking Art

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who is celebrating seven years of being in remission from breast cancer has told of how her mastectomy tattoo allowed her to reclaim and celeb...

Getting Through Breast Cancer From A Doctor Who Knows - Getting the Best Operation

Kathleen Thompson | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathleen Thompson

I am a doctor and have had breast cancer. Mind you, this hardly makes me unique. There are over 53,000 women and 340 men diagnosed every year in the UK and we all have to negotiate the hospital system.

Celebrity Cleavages, Strictly Come Dancing And Pinktober - The Perfect Storm: To Reconstruct Or Not To Reconstruct After Breast Cancer?

Penny Rutterford | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

October is here. In previous years the only thing guaranteed to bring tears to my eyes would be the cost of getting my boiler fixed as I fired up my central heating. Now, since my breast cancer, there are two new things that annually make me weep: Strictly Come Dancing and Pinktober (Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

14 Breathtaking Mastectomy Tattoo Ideas

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

To reclaim their bodies after cancer, more women than ever are now opting for elaborate mastectomy tattoos. Instead of opting to reconstruct their ni...

What Lies Beneath - Body Confidence After Breast Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

I recently posted pictures of my new prosthesis on social media and it caused a stir. My "selfie-esteem" was bolstered by "likes" and smiling emojis, but offline I was asked why I wanted to share something so personal and that maybe these things should be hidden away...

From Bilateral Mastectomy to Naked Spa!

Mandy Riches | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

I hope through sharing this we can help other women in similar situations. I know I can only speak for myself and I was lucky enough that the nipple-sparing surgery still enabled me to keep some resemblance of what was previously there, but if my experience helps one woman feel slightly better about their future or less scared then I will be happy.

The Trials of the Lingerie Aisles - Buying Bras after Breast Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

My love of coordinated lingerie is perhaps only one step away from my Mother's entreaties to wear clean pants in case of an accident, even though I would hazard a guess that just before impact it's not just brakes that skid in any road traffic accident.

I'm So Vain - Body Image after Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

It is now over a year since I completed what is termed "active treatment". Now I hate to seem ungrateful but however delighted I am to be alive, I would still welcome a head of hair without a bald patch, eyebrows that do not need drawing on each day and eyelashes that reach a lash count in excess of ten.

Breast Cancer Survivor Gets Stunning Mastectomy Tattoo To Feel Beautiful Again

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More and more women are opting for elaborate mastectomy tattoos as opposed to replicate nipples after beating breast cancer - and this is one of the m...

What to Pack for Your Double Mastectomy

Charlotte Wood | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Wood

It is important that when you go into hospital you have everything you need, along with a few home comforts to make you feel better. Feeling prepared for surgery will relieve some of the anxiety.

Artist Weaves Gold Into People's Scars To Tell Their Heroic Stories

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An artist is weaving gold into people's scars to tell stories of how they've bravely overcome the struggles life has thrown at them. Hélène Gugen...

Reconstruction, Reinvention, Redirection

Rozina Ali | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rozina Ali

As a breast reconstruction specialist, I am acutely aware of how our mastery of breast reconstructive surgery has extended the role of surgical intervention to healthier and younger lives.

What Is a Breast?

Liz O'Riordan | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liz O'Riordan

Every breast is different, and they can change dramatically over a woman's lifetime. Some are perky, some saggy, they can weigh anything from 100g to 1.5kg, and nobody has an identical pair. I tell my patients that their breasts are sisters, not twins, so when I operate, I'm not promising symmetry and perfection, I'm trying to recreate what they already have.

What Happens When Your Breasts Are Removed...

Charlotte Wood | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Wood

So after making the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy due to carrying the BRCA1 mutation the time had come, at the weekend I was at the races with my friends, a few days later I was to have my breasts removed. I did not want to die of breast cancer considering my risk was about 85%. I have watched cancer destroy my family and I needed to put a stop to it.

The Health Benefits of Not Conforming

Karen Dobres | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dobres

In the society I live in I'm told I look best with a shaped, rounded and lifted upper chest. So I do it sometimes, despite some evidence that it may not be best for my physical health, and my own growing suspicion that it may not be good for my mental health.

Stella McCartney Shares Powerful Mastectomy Photos For Breast Cancer Awareness

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A series of raw images showing women's breasts, post-mastectomy, has captured the attention of Stella McCartney (and the nation). The designer has ...

No Less a Woman

Laura Dodsworth | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Dodsworth

The loss of a breast, or a scar, the diagnosis, treatment and recovery will mean different things to different women - we are individual, complex, nuanced. I wanted to tell these women's stories and share the brave, sad, painful, moving and sometimes even funny truth. This is how they look. This is how they feel.

Mum From Mastectomy Breastfeeding Photos Speaks Out About Life With Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A mother, whose emotional breastfeeding photographs went viral earlier this year, has spoken out about her experience of cancer. Sarah Whitney, 31,...

M&S Cancer Awareness Campaign Misses the Mark...

Karen Dobres | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dobres

Remember the viral campaign, written about so eloquently here by breast cancer survivor and friend Nicola, that challenged women to 'Hold a Coke Between Your Boobs' and post a selfie of it? For breast cancer, of course. Except, had you had a mastectomy, then, sorry, you couldn't take part.

Breast Cancer Survivor Reveals The Beautiful Mastectomy Tattoo That Changed Her Life

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When she was just 28 years old, Dana Donofree underwent a double mastectomy which left her feeling "awkward" and "unfinished". Her underwear drawe...