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9th Annual Wig Out Gala Announcement!!!

9th Annual Wig Out Gala Announcement!!!

"Hollywood Walk of Fame" 9th Annual WIG OUT Gala tickets are officiallly on sale! Join us for a glamours evening on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" 9th Annual WIG OUT Gala! You are the star! Come dressed for the red carpet or as your favorite celebrity from the Walk of Fame. Wearing wigs are high style on our red carpet and all guests are encourage to wear a wig! Our elegant evening will include dinner, drinks, dancing, live entertainment, silent auctions and more to help raise funds for our invaluable programs that provide FREE breast health educations, wigs for breast cancer patients, and mammograms for women in need.Early Bird Pricing until March 1st, 2019. Limited VIP Experience/Tables available. FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES CONTACT:

Desire'e Hardge: dhardge@checkforalump.org 602-688-5232

5th Annual Gawley Gala Raises over $35,000!!!

5th Annual Gawley Gala Raises over $35,000!!!

For the past five years Don't be a Chump! Check for a Lump! has been blessed to be the benefiting charity of the Gawley Gala hosted by Dr. Bryan Gawley and his wife Dr. Heather St. Peter. Every year I am filled with gratitude! I try my best to express my appreciation and I write a letter of thanks filled with words like generous, kind, caring, honored, and grateful. This year I had a new word to add to the mix . . . LUCKY! Dr. Gawley sent out his invitation for his Gawley Gala and included a message regarding his newfound Unicorn Philanthropy. I read their introduction with their mission and vision statement, "The Unicorn's legend is cherished by young and old alike. Unicorns carry the qualities of love, peace, calm, gentleness, hope, majesty and caring. Considered virtuous, the Unicorn appears only to those with pure hearts or to those with missions of good. The mission of Unicorn Philanthropy is to help individuals with needs within our community and make their lives better. Unicorns also grant wishes and open doors for those who are ready to receive with gratitude, joy, and integrity." Unicorn Philanthropy truly captures the essence of Drs. Gawley and St. Peter! After reading their message I felt lucky! Lucky to have humanitarians like them provide a pillar example in our local community. Lucky to be one of the many charities they support throughout the year. Lucky due to their generosity and loyal support that we have been able to make significant leaps in our breast cancer community to assist women in need. Lucky that through their kind and caring nature our clients who received a free wig, free mammogram or early detection found hope and peace. While their Unicorn Philanthropy may be new they have embodied their vision all along. Like the legend of unicorns, Drs. Gawley and St. Peter, are pure at heart and on a mission of good. We are lucky to know them! My deepest appreciation to Dr. Gawley, Dr. St Peter, their new partner, Dr. Mahabir, Sherri Farris, Jill Fredenberg and the entire team at Gawley Plastic Surgery and the Md Skin Lounge for helping raise over $35,000 for our community! We cherish you! You are making lives better in our community! Live and Give, Holly Rose

Dr. Berardi: Recall on Textured Breast Implants

Dr. Berardi: Recall on Textured Breast Implants

Berardi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery shares what woman should know about cancer caused by recalled textured breast implants.

Dr. Mahabir - Finding the Right Surgery For You

Dr. Mahabir - Finding the Right Surgery For You

The diagnosis of breast cancer is a devastating blow. Add to that your thoughts racing ahead to the possibility of needing a mastectomy and breast reconstruction as part of your treatment plan and it can be overwhelming. However, just as each cancer is unique, so are you and your options for breast reconstruction. There are several methods of breast reconstruction and your breast surgeon and plastic surgeon will work with you to determine which is best for you. A mastectomy implies that the vast majority of the breast tissue is removed along with the cancer. Depending on the location of the cancer and your personal preference, you may be a candidate for a nipple sparing mastectomy where the nipple and areola are spared. Traditionally, the plastic surgeon would insert a tissue expander or breast implant under the muscle as a first stage in the reconstruction. Tissue expanders gradually stretch the skin and tissues to recreate the breast. This dated technique had several downsides however. First, it’s often a painful process because the chest muscle is stretched at the same time. Next, the final reconstructions tended to look somewhat less projecting and unnatural since the implant is under the muscle. Finally, every time they use their chest muscles the implant shows visible distortion as the muscle is directly under the skin. This is referred to as an animation deformity and is similar to watching a body-builder flex their chest. Not infrequently this traditional expander reconstruction can also result in chronic discomfort for patients for years following their procedure. These disadvantages leave an opening for a more advanced, innovative option: pre-pectoral breast reconstruction. In our endless quest to improve patient outcomes, minimize downtime, and speed up recovery following breast reconstruction, Drs. Raman Mahabir and Bryan Gawley, have perfected this new and exciting technique in which the implant is placed above the muscle. We use the latest innovations and advancements in surgical technique and technology: collaboration with the breast cancer surgeons and advancements in mastectomy technique allow for greater skin and nipple preservation, SPY Florescence Imaging enhances our ability to assess blood supply to the tissues, cohesive implants allow for less rippling and visibility, and fat grafting allows for optimization of the results. Combining these advances allows us to place the implant, in one operation, in front of the pectoral muscle. The benefits are numerous: less pain and tightness; faster recovery; minimal deformity muscle contraction, and most importantly a more natural appearing breast for the patient. Pre-pectoral reconstruction eliminates the need to elevate/cut the muscle and therefore there is little to no muscle deformity or pain associated with the procedure. We can create stable outcomes with less pain, quicker recoveries and it is great for patients who exercise regularly, do yoga or pilates or are physically active and wish to return to their regular routines following their operation. Patients requiring significant skin reduction at the time of mastectomy may also be good candidates for prepectoral reconstruction. Drs. Mahabir and Gawley have also perfected several techniques to reduce the skin envelope without significantly compromising mastectomy skin flap vascularity. The nipple and areola can be reconstructed later with either a minor surgery or 3-D tattooing. Finally, the role and benefits of autologous fat grafting (using the patients own fat from one area they do not want it) cannot be understated. Autologous fat grafting provides additional soft-tissue coverage by thickening the tissues. It improves the aesthetic result by camouflaging the upper pole, reducing implant visibility and increasing overall breast volume. Not everyone is a candidate for Prepectoral reconstruction. We work closely with your breast cancer team to ensure your reconstruction matches the needs of the breast cancer surgeon and your particular breast cancer. Complications, while rare, do exist and will be discussed during your consultation. This is a key step in the shared decision making process and helps you understand and evaluate this technique. Finding the Right Surgery For You The top priority of the surgery is to remove the cancer and minimize the risk of recurrence. The second goal is to give you a safe, natural-appearing, aesthetically-pleasing, long-lasting breast reconstruction. We have an established and collaborative relationship with your cancer team that facilitates our ability to successfully reconstruct your breast. If you are considering breast reconstruction, please visit with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons who are nationally recognized experts in this field and offer truly individualized care. Schedule a consultation with us at the Arizona Center for Breast Reconstruction https://azbreastcenter.org to find out if you are a candidate for this new and exciting technique. facilitates our ability to successfully reconstruct your breast. If you are considering breast reconstruction, please visit with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons who are nationally recognized experts in this field and offer truly individualized care. Schedule a consultation with us at the Arizona Center for Breast Reconstruction https://azbreastcenter.org to find out if you are a candidate for this new and exciting technique.

Dr. Mahabir - Recent media reports regarding breast implants and a rare form of cancer

Dr. Mahabir - Recent media reports regarding breast implants and a rare form of cancer

You may have heard or seen recent media reports regarding breast implants and a rare form of cancer. The FDA recently updated information regarding this Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Dr. Raman Mahabir, the Vice Chair of the BIA-ALCL committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons answers your questions on Breast Implant Associated ALCL (BIA-ALCL). Q: What is BIA-ALCL? A: BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) is an uncommon T-cell lymphoma* that to date has only been reported in patients that have had a textured breast implant. BIA-ALCL is not a cancer of the breast tissue itself but of the scar tissue that the body naturally forms around a breast implant – called the capsule. When caught early, it may be curable in most patients. There is however a spectrum of the disease that ranges from fluid collections in the breast to capsular tumors to lymph node involvement and rarely distant metastatic disease. Ongoing research continues to strive to better understand and define BIA-ALCL. *Lymph cells are part of the body's normal immune system that helps to protect us from foreign material. A lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system. Lymph nodes are glands in many locations in the body and are part of the lymph system. Q: What are the symptoms of BIA-ALCL? A: The most common symptom of BIA-ALCL is fairly marked swelling of the breast (sometimes double in size) that develops after years of having a textured breast implant. You may notice fluid collecting around the implant or noticeable breast asymmetry. It can also present as a lump in the breast or armpit, hardening of the breast or an overlying skin rash. Q: What is the risk of developing BIA-ALCL? A: We are aware of almost 700 cases worldwide and 265 cases in the US. The best estimates of the lifetime risk for BIA-ALCL is 1:1000 to 1:30,000. The risk is higher with textured implants that have a higher surface-area, such as Allergan’s Biocell, than with lower surface area, such as Mentor’s Siltex. However, all brands of textured implants have had cases of BIA-ALCL. At this time there are no reported cases of a patient that has only ever had a smooth implant developing BIA-ALCL. BIA-ALCL in both cosmetic and reconstructive cases and with both saline and silicone implants. Q: What did the latest FDA statement say in regards to BIA-ALCL? A: The February 2019 statement was mainly an update on the number of reported and cases and stressed that all BIA-ALCL cases be reported to the PROFILE registry for detailed tracking of cases. The statement also affirmed that if a breast implant patient is not experiencing symptoms then there "is no need to change your routine medical care and follow-up." Q: Is BIA-ALCL a major concern? A: We want patients to be aware of the risk. Though the risk is small, patient safety is our primary focus, and we strive to educate and inform our patients and the public about the symptoms and risk of BIA-ALCL. Q: How does this impact those with breast implants? A: We advocate that all women, including those with breast implants follow their normal routine in medical care and follow up, including mammography when appropriate. Women should immediately contact their surgeon if they sense any abnormalities within the breast or notice any significant changes. There is no recommended screening for patients without symptoms. Most importantly, if you are not experiencing symptoms then there is no need to change your routine medical care and follow-up. Q: What about those considering breast implants? A: Breast cancer patients considering implant reconstruction should discuss the benefits and risks of different types of implants with their surgeon. We include BIA-ALCL in breast-implant patient education materials and informed consent so that patients can determine the right procedure for them. There are many breast implant options such as smooth, textured, round, shaped, saline, and both liquid and solid silicone. You and your surgeon will make the shared decision for a specific implant shape, surface and fill to achieve an optimal reconstruction while minimizing potential complications. Breast implants remain among the most studied medical devices available – and the incidence of BIA-ALCL is low. Q: Are some patients at greater risk than others? A: It is not possible to predict who will develop BIA-ALCL. It has occurred in women who have a history of textured breast implants for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes and has occurred in women with both saline and silicone implants. Ongoing data collection worldwide will help to determine any genetic propensities for this disease. Q: Should women with breast implants be screened for BIA-ALCL? A: Both the FDA and the Arizona Center for Reconstructive Breast Surgery advise that women without breast changes do not require more than routine follow-up. Rather, we recommend that every woman conduct regular self-examination. If you develop swelling or a lump in your breast, contact your surgeon’s office right away. We will comprehensively evaluate you and order the appropriate imaging, and testing if needed. Q: Should healthy women have their implants removed prophylactically? A: While we are not recommending removal of textured implants, we do believe you and your surgeon best make decisions together. This collaborative approach is known as shared decision-making and studies show that it improves patient satisfaction and outcomes. There is no “right implant” when it comes to breast reconstruction. Every individual's needs are different and so are their reconstructive journeys. Our goal is to ensure you make the right decision for you. We want you to feel confident in your breast reconstruction choices and results. Q: How is BIA-ALCL diagnosed? A: For patients presenting with a swollen breast, fluid sampling in clinic or by interventional radiology is the first step. Mammograms are not useful in diagnosing BIA-ALCL. In confirmed cases, PET/CT scans are performed to help stage the disease, evaluate for associated capsule masses, lymph node metastasis or organ metastasis. Q. How is BIA-ALCL treated and what is the prognosis? A. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Current recommendations for the treatment of BIA-ALCL call for removal of all of the scar tissue around the breast implant (en bloc or total capsulectomy) and removal of the breast implant as well as any associated lumps. Cases have been reported where both breasts are affected and therefore surgeons may consider the same procedure for the other side as well. Complete surgical excision is curative in the early stages of the disease and the majority require no additional treatment. Chemotherapy is reserved when the disease cannot be removed surgically or when the disease has spread to the lymph nodes or other organs. Q. Have there been any deaths due to BIA-ALCL? A. There have been 17 confirmed deaths globally, which includes 5 U.S. cases, attributed to BIA-ALCL to date. These tragedies emphasize the importance of disease recognition and proper treatment in a timely fashion. Q: Where can I find more information on BIA-ALCL? A: Additional information, downloadable manuscripts, and resources on BIA-ALCL are available online at www.thepsf.org/PROFILE and at www.plasticsurgery.org/alcl or speak with any one of the surgeons at the Arizona Center for Reconstructive Breast Surgery.

New Clinical trial for Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patients

New Clinical trial for Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patients

Phoenix Molecular Designs is now recruiting patients for a Clinical Trial for Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patients: PMD-026. For more information, visit www.phoenixmd.ca or https://lnkd.in/egRT4is There is a trial in your area at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. This particular study is that it is one of the first targeted drugs for metastatic TNBC. This study drug is given in pill form that can be taken at home making it easier for patients. They designed the study to limit trips to the hospital and there is funding for transportation for those who do not live near a study center. With so many studies closing these days or have onerous and lengthy time commitments, this study is a breath of fresh air. Like someone is finally listening and creating something that allows women in Stage 4 to focus on their lives and not their treatment. See basic patient (IRB approved) information in PDF below. Please share this with your community and reach out to me or better yet the company (clinical@phoenixmd.ca) for more information. #breastcancer #cancer #checkforalump #checkforalumpaz

Larry H Miller Donates $10,000!!!

Larry H Miller Donates $10,000!!!

Our gratitude to Larry H Miller for their generous donation of $10,000 to help sustain our programs to provide free wigs for breast cancer patients, free mammograms and free education! Larry H Miller is making a difference in our breast cancer community!

Big Thank You to Arizona YWCA!!

Big Thank You to Arizona YWCA!!

Thank you Arizona YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix for sharing our message on your blog! We appreciate your support and collaboration! Click on the photo to view our message on their blog!

This is not Abort Mission it is Ground Control Day.

This is not Abort Mission it is Ground Control Day.

Video message from our founder, Holly Rose. "This is not Abort Mission it is Ground Control Day."

Harvest HOC donates $6,540!!!

Harvest HOC donates $6,540!!!

Woohoo! Thank you Harvest HOC for the generous donation of $6,540!!! You are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer! And improving the quality of life for breast cancer patients and beyond!

Josh Altman shares "Don't be a Chump! Check for a Lump!" helping us make a difference

Josh Altman shares "Don't be a Chump! Check for a Lump!" helping us make a difference

Donate to our raffle! Win Disneyland tickets.

Donate to our raffle! Win Disneyland tickets.

In the chaos of the Coronavirus, could you image having to face breast cancer or have found a lump but you don't have the money to have it checked out? We are all in difficult times, however those in our community who need the most are hardest hit. There is no other greater feeling than knowing that you are helping someone else. We all need a little light in these times, so please contribute what you can! Our community needs you to step up and contribute more now than ever! Make a donation and you will entered to our raffle for 2 tickets to Disneyland!