2020 Archive

Looking for a particular NPOAS blog post? Browse our archives. Posts are listed below in chronological order with the newest posts at the top.

NPOAS Exhibit at 2019 Pittsburgh SABCS Review

January 22, 2020

This important annual event provides for medical professionals who could not attend the San Antonio conference to learn about the cutting edge research presented there and to discuss the implications for clinical practice with their colleagues.

Engaging local providers and educating them about flat closure as a valid option, is critical to our mission to #putflatonthemenu. We will be showcasing our original research, distributing publications, and answering provider’s questions about flat closure.

Share Your Experience: Revision Surgery

January 20, 2020

Help us ensure women’s access to care by filling out our short online survey. Your participation in the survey will take only a minute or two of your time, and will help us understand how we can solve the problem of insurance denials for women seeking flat closure and revision services.

Recommend Your Flat Closure Surgeon!

January 18, 2020

Happy with your flat closure – whether at initial mastectomy, explant, or revision – and want to help other women going flat? Now you can recommend your surgeon for our Flat Friendly Surgeons Directory, with our easy online form!

Our Directory helps women protect their choice by connecting them with a proven flat closure surgeon in their local area who:

– respects their patients and their wishes to be flat
– are technically competent in surgical technique to achieve a flat result, AND
– do their best to give their patients their desired result

Tina – Flat Has Been Freeing

January 15, 2020

“My surgeon did confess that after being part of my choice in going flat, she too would do her best to offer ‘flat’ as a viable option for others. She witnessed that my choice was a healthy (both mentally and physically) choice made with great reflection and a well-informed education.”

Reading Tina’s story, it’s clear that she is happy with her decision and with her surgical result. She didn’t expect perfection – no one does. And Tina’s confidence had a profound effect on her surgical oncologist. She now offers flat as a viable option to her patients.

Vermont Rep. Fegard Introduces Revision Bill

January 12, 2020

Breaking news! Vermont State Representative Charen Fegard has just introduced an historic bill requiring insurance coverage for revision surgery!

This is an historic moment for the flat community. Women have had to fight their insurance companies to get revision surgery covered for far too long. It’s way past time to #putflatonthemenu.

Flat is Beautiful: Video

January 08, 2020

A new resource is up on the website – the Flat is Beautiful video presentation, featuring many amazing flat advocates and advocacy projects. This 6 minute video is an introduction to going flat as a valid, beautiful mastectomy choice.

Our Poster at SABCS 2019

January 08, 2020

We had a successful poster session at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) this past month, presenting a poster with the results of our original research, “Flat closure after mastectomy: are your patients satisfied with the results?”

This research explored the patient experience going flat, including decision factors, satisfaction with cosmesis, provider pushback, and more. Stay tuned for the full report.

NEW – International Translations of the “Flat is Beautiful” Brochure

January 12, 2020

We are happy to announce nine new international translations of the Flat is Beautiful brochure, available now for download. Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Swahili, Russian, Chinese (simplified), Hindi, and Portuguese are the languages now available.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to Global Wordsmiths for providing translation services for this project.



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