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What Are My Breast Reconstruction Options After a Mastectomy?

by Tzvi Small, MD, FACS, Director, Department of Plastic Surgery, Bergen Plastic Surgery

Posted on October 25, 2016

The field of breast reconstruction has undergone dramatic changes over the past 20 years. These changes are very beneficial to patients as they are enabling shorter recovery times while simultaneously enhancing the appearance of the patient’s breasts.
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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Know How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam?

by Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center and Tihesha Wilson, Assistant Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 11, 2016

October is a month that is known for pumpkin picking, hayrides and beautiful fall foliage. The month is also synonymous with breast cancer awareness and features walks, fundraisers and nationwide comradery to raise awareness, as well as funds, to beat the disease. This cause is as important as ever with approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. 
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Changing Philosophy of Caring for Patients

by Dr. Laura Klein, breast surgeon and Medical Director, and Tihesha Wilson, breast surgeon and Assistant Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 15, 2015

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime and about 40,000 women will die from the disease. These statistics may sound alarming, but with advancements in the early detection of breast cancer and improved treatment for women diagnosed with the disease, survival rates are increasing.  According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. 
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the 411 on Mammograms

by Dr. Laura Klein, breast surgeon and Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 1, 2015

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. Regular screenings for breast cancer are so important because it’s been shown time and time again that regular screening for breast cancer with a mammogram and a breast self-exam reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer by catching the cancer early, when it is more easily and successfully treated.

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The Changing Face of Mastectomy

by Laura A. Klein, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 6, 2013

Actress Angelina Jolie’s high-profile announcement about her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy after learning she a genetic mutation that put her at high risk for breast cancer helped ease the unreasonable social stigma long associated with the procedure. It also put a spotlight on advances in breast surgery and reconstruction.
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Are You Concerned You May Have a Genetic Risk for Cancer?

by Nelly Oundjian, M.D., Director, The Valley Hospital Clinical Cancer Genetics Program; Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center; Gary Breslow, M.D., Plastic Surgeon, The Valley Hospital Medical Staff

Posted on May 31, 2013

Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carried a mutation (alteration) in a gene that put her at an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer highlighted a complex dilemma for women with family histories of breast or ovarian cancer.  At issue: a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene increases the risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 87 percent, and the risk for ovarian cancer by up to 44 percent.

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