Announcing our Council of International Advocates

Announcing our Council of International Advocates! Flat advocacy is a global movement, with a common purpose. The Council of International Advocates at NPOAS consists of leaders in the flat advocacy community worldwide who have come together cooperatively to #putflatonthemenu for our mothers, sisters, friends, and daughters. We are stronger together! Meet our Council Members atContinue reading “Announcing our Council of International Advocates”

Spread the Word! Aesthetic Flat Closure (VIDEO)

Going FLAT? Let’s be clear. Tell your surgeon you want an “aesthetic flat closure” as defined by the National Cancer Institute so your surgeon will know exactly what you want: a smooth, flat chest.

Why I Advocate for Aesthetic Flat Closure

ReThink Breast Cancer has just published our guest post about aesthetic flat closure! Canadian advocacy organization ReThink Breast Cancer focuses on the needs of young women facing breast cancer in their legislative and other advocacy initiatives. They also publish thought-provoking blog posts from survivors, thrivers, advocates, and providers on all things breast cancer-related. They justContinue reading “Why I Advocate for Aesthetic Flat Closure”

Advocating for Women Who Choose to Go Flat After Mastectomy

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) just published our guest post about aesthetic flat closure! Many thanks to the good people at NCCS for helping spread the word about aesthetic flat closure! Every woman facing mastectomy deserves full and fair disclosure of all of her reconstructive options, and for her choice to be respected.Continue reading “Advocating for Women Who Choose to Go Flat After Mastectomy”

Your Killer Life Podcast: Aesthetic Flat Closure

“Optimal reconstructive surgical outcomes are for everyone, and we are the ones to decide and define what reconstruction looks like for us.”- Tammey Grable-Woodford Kim spoke with host Tammey of Your Killer Life about informed consent, her personal story of flat denial, aesthetic flat closure as a valid reconstructive option, how women can advocate forContinue reading “Your Killer Life Podcast: Aesthetic Flat Closure”

Vlog with Stacie-Rae: Flat Closure Informed Consent and Advocacy

NPOAS President Kim Bowles spoke with Stacie-Rae, professional restorative tattoo artist, innovator, and quality advocate. They discuss aesthetic flat closure, informed consent in medicine, managing expectations, and advocacy strategy. Flat Closure Zoom with Kim & Stacie-Rae: Informed Consent and Advocacy Informed Consent An agreement between patient and provider after full disclosure of all medical optionsContinue reading “Vlog with Stacie-Rae: Flat Closure Informed Consent and Advocacy”

My Body, My Choice: Aesthetic Flat Closure After Mastectomy

Our Bodies Ourselves published our guest post about aesthetic flat closure! Thanks to Our Bodies Ourselves for helping spread the word about aesthetic flat closure! This pioneering organization has worked to promote women’s health and bodily autonomy for decades. Every woman facing mastectomy deserves full and fair disclosure of all of her reconstructive options, andContinue reading “My Body, My Choice: Aesthetic Flat Closure After Mastectomy”

Summary of Our Flat Closure Research from #SABCS19

“Flat closure after mastectomy: are your patients satisfied with the results?” NPOAS presented our poster at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (#SABCS19) last December. This research explored patient experience going flat, including decision factors, satisfaction with aesthetic flat closure cosmesis, provider push back, and more. Our abstract – the summary of our importantContinue reading “Summary of Our Flat Closure Research from #SABCS19”

What if I want to go flat, but my surgeon wants to do “skin sparing”?

Tell your surgeon you want an “aesthetic flat closure” as defined by the National Cancer Institute – and make sure it’s recorded in your medical record. It’s a positive thing that your surgeon is using the term “skin sparing” with you. This means that they are doing the right thing in being clear and honestContinue reading “What if I want to go flat, but my surgeon wants to do “skin sparing”?”