Women diagnosed with Breast cancer are often faced with making a decision around what type of treatment to receive. Depending on the cancer, its location and what stage it is at, there are a number of surgery options. The most common are mastectomy and lumpectomy.
Typically the stages of Breast Cancer range from 0 to 5, depending on the number of lymph nodes affected, the size of the tumour and whether the cancer has metastasized to other parts of the body. These combined factors determine a person’s stage and what surgery options are best suited to them.
Mastectomy, where the breast is completely removed, accounts for almost half of all breast cancer surgeries. The alternative option, Lumpectomy (or partial mastectomy), is the removal of a breast tumour and some of the surrounding normal and abnormal tissue. It accounts for the majority of the other half of surgeries. The aim of lumpectomy is to preserve as much of the natural breast as possible.
Reconstruction and Post Surgery Solutions
Following surgery many women choose to have reconstruction, often in the form of staged breast reconstruction. The percentage of patients who have undergone reconstruction increased from approx. 26% in 2005 to 43% in 2014. If a woman chooses post-surgery staged reconstruction, their breast prosthesis options can often be limited. Given the nature of this surgery there will always be a period of waiting between each surgery which can be anywhere from three months to a year depending on the patient. This is a challenging time, with few suitable solutions available between each stage, until now.
Trulife have recently launched ReCover, a beautifully designed range of products for staged reconstruction. The range offers removable layers of soft silicone to provide adjustable fullness, and projection. Each product provides a gentle and comfortable fit, helping the patient feel more natural, during the multiple stages of reconstruction.
“I barely feel like I am wearing anything. It doesn’t move in the bra at all, no slips. Great product I love it!” Marie – ReCover user and Cancer Survivor, Ireland
“My right breast reconstruction is complete but I am still going through the expansion process on my left breast. This product gives me excellent symmetry and is soft and comfortable.”
Sharon – ReCover user and Cancer Survivor, Ireland
“This product gives several options for during the reconstruction process. It also allows us to fit women who have had several lymph nodes removed from under the arm with an atypical lumpectomy”. Patty Esposito, Breast Care Boutique Owner, USA
The Road to Recovery
As any survivor will tell you the road to recovery does not simply stop in the operating room or with the wearing of a breast prosthesis. The effects of cancer are much more than that, from dealing with shock of diagnosis, to the physical and mental stress of the illness to the pressures of trying to remain positive throughout and ultimately rebuilding oneself.
Breast Cancer Awareness
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The campaign highlights the millions of people affected by Breast Cancer worldwide each year, along with their stories, while also promoting early testing and detection to improve the outcome.
From its beginnings in the USA in 1985 up until now, Breast Cancer Awareness month has become a worldwide fundraising campaign that has raised vast amounts of money for cancer research by running a variety of activities that has ultimately helped save countless lives.
Trulife are doing a host of activities to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. Our favourite is the “Wear it Pink” campaign – where people dress in pink on the last Friday of the month, and donate money. Trulife Ireland is proud to support this fantastic campaign where the funds raised will go to Breast Cancer Ireland to assist their ongoing research and awareness efforts nationally. So join us this month in support of breast cancer awareness and let’s strive to improve the lives of sufferers everywhere!
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