Clear Language: “Flat Closure”

What does the term “flat closure” mean? Flat closure = chest wall reconstruction post-mastectomy Flat closure is shorthand for surgery to reconstruct the chest wall contour post-mastectomy. It is a patient-friendly term that serves as a stand-in for the more cumbersome technical description. The mastectomy first removes the glandular tissue of the breast, and theContinue reading “Clear Language: “Flat Closure””

Flat Denial: Who is Most at Risk?

We’re All at Risk, Right? Our research, presented last year at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, has identified several probable factors that patients going flat should be aware of. While all patients going flat face some risk – roughly 2-3 in 20 end up with an egregiously poor cosmetic result and one of thoseContinue reading “Flat Denial: Who is Most at Risk?”

Kim's Revision Surgery After Intentional Flat Denial

I finally decided to get revision surgery, after almost three years living with “a little extra in case you change your mind.” I shouldn’t be here, being prepped for revision surgery. I had a plastic surgeon at my mastectomy two years ago solely to do a flat closure. I had pictures, a witness, “smooth flatContinue reading “Kim's Revision Surgery After Intentional Flat Denial”

NPOAS' Table at the 2019 AHN SABCS Review

A Great Opportunity for Provider Outreach Thanks to Allegheny Health Network and San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium for putting together the 2019 AHN SABCS Review, and for providing for participation from local nonprofits. Kim was there representing NPOAS and spoke to quite a few medical professionals about flat closure, flat denial, our research and our initiatives. We got someContinue reading “NPOAS' Table at the 2019 AHN SABCS Review”

NPOAS Board of Directors

Not Putting on a Shirt is starting 2020 off with a BANG! The new year brings a new crew and we are proud to introduce our new Board of Directors. Kimberly Bowles, PresidentChristy Avila, Vice PresidentDevorah Borenstein, SecretaryShana Whitehead, TreasurerBethAnne Lobmiller The expertise, knowledge, and diversity of experiences and talents of our Board of DirectorsContinue reading “NPOAS Board of Directors”

Guest Blog: At the Intersection of My Flat Chest and an Antiquated System of Care

Women everywhere are calling for the standard of surgical breast cancer options to shift and include flat closure. We’re finally positioned culturally and historically to demand autonomy over our health care choices, and how we express our ideas of what is truly healthy and beautiful for ourselves. Breast cancer has become ground zero, where theContinue reading “Guest Blog: At the Intersection of My Flat Chest and an Antiquated System of Care”

NPOAS Exhibit at 2019 Pittsburgh SABCS Review

Not Putting on a Shirt will be exhibiting at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Review at the Pittsburgh Mariott this Friday January 24th. 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 implicationsContinue reading “NPOAS Exhibit at 2019 Pittsburgh SABCS Review”

Share Your Experience: Revision Surgery

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. Visit the website toContinue reading “Share Your Experience: Revision Surgery”