Demand Parity for Flat Closure – Amend the NAPBC’s Reconstructive Consult Protocol

Women reconstructing their chest wall should be able to access a services of a plastics specialist. The vast majority of mastectomy closures are performed by surgical oncologists, who may or may not have any training in plastic surgery techniques. This is certainly a contributing factor to the 25% dissatisfaction rate for women going flat. Therefore,Continue reading “Demand Parity for Flat Closure – Amend the NAPBC’s Reconstructive Consult Protocol”

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”

Tina – Flat Has Been Freeing

Editor: It’s been some months since we published our last personal story of going flat. Today we hear from Tina Rattunde, a woman who tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation after watching multiple family members deal with breast cancer. She chose to go flat in July of 2016. Her surgical oncologist wanted her to seeContinue reading “Tina – Flat Has Been Freeing”

Vermont Rep. Fegard Introduces Revision Bill

Breaking news! Vermont State Representative Charen Fegard has just introduced an historic bill requiring insurance coverage for revision surgery! Charen Fegard VT State Representative has just introduced a bill that will require healthcare stakeholders to decide on a clear coding and billing protocol for revision surgery for women who have chosen flat closure after mastectomy. WorkingContinue reading “Vermont Rep. Fegard Introduces Revision Bill”

Our Poster at SABCS 2019

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, andContinue reading “Our Poster at SABCS 2019”

Flat is Beautiful (Video)

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. Narrated by Kim Bowles of NPOAS. Transcript below the video. Transcript: Hi, this is Kim Bowles,Continue reading “Flat is Beautiful (Video)”