Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women. In the so-called developed world, every 8th to 10th woman encounters such a problem. A woman confronted with such a diagnosis is scared, desperate and seeking proper information. When she enters “breast cancer” into a search engine (web) she receives more than 200 million hits. She finds herself at the information garbage dump and is even more frightened.
Therefore, I decided to write a book together with my colleagues. Today, people aspire to perfection, wholeness of body, freedom and the pleasures of life. Everyone is the same. Everyone is important. A world without women is empty, and a world without happy and content women is a sad world. The book is intended for patients and both the professional and non-professional public and for a better world. Lastly, it is for everyone who hasn't yet been absorbed by the virtual world and wishes to know more about the challenges and the solutions faced by modern society.
Drawing personal accounts from women who have faced the issues for real, it aims to help you to better understand breast reconstruction, the surgical process involved and the possible benefits and problems you might expect from this type of surgery. The Book features full colour illustrations to help show exactly what is involved, explores psychological aspects of breast reconstruction, addresses the options for those who decide not to undergo reconstructive surgery and explains how other treatments may affect or be affected by reconstruction.
Today people aspire toward perfection, wholeness of body, freedom and the pleasures of life. Everyone is the same. Everyone is important. A world without women is empty, and a world without happy and content women is a sad world. The book is intended for both the professional and nonprofessional public, for a better world.
There are many misconceptions about plastic surgery and what we do in this speciality. I am grateful for this book because it will further help to create a true picture of a fantastic speciality that can do so much in helping to improve the quality of life for so many people.
Associate Professor in Plastic Surgery
Akademikliniken, Stockholm, Sweden
It will be a must have book for every breast centre, and I have no doubts numerous patients and clinicians will benefit from reading this over the years. I look forward to seeing this in print and available for my patients.
Consultant Plastic surgeon,
I am confident that this book will answer many of the questions that frequently arise when making choices. This book should be a must read for all patients and health care providers that are involved in the care of women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Professor and Vice Chairman, Georgetown University Hospital,
The book is directed for plastic surgeons, general surgeons, general practioner, gynecologists, and oncologists and for anyone else who is looking for a unified source of information for practical and principled surgical management of breast cancer.
Università degli Studi Ospedale Policlinico Milano,
Professor Ahcan is to be congratulated for producing a book that will be invaluable to patients with breast cancer as well as those who treat these patients.
Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
This is a much needed book written by one of the leading plastic surgeons in the world. I am thrilled that this book now exists and look forward to making sure every patient of mine has it.
Professor of Surgery and Program Director for Plastic surgery
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA
I am reading your book one chapter at a time. It is certainly a piece of art any outstanding. Chapeau!
President of the Israel Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Israel, Tel Aviv
Life needs balance; the balance between laughter and grief, joy and worry, play and work, success and failure. This is the only way we can grow. And when we are old enough, and, hopefully, wise enough, we realize that we are not alone in this world, as the successes we achieve are because of the people around us with whom we have shared the adventure of time and place, where our mutual interactions have molded us into who we are, and whose influence has guided our achievements. These experiences are our most valuable possessions and they come with no price tag.
Prof. Dr. Uroš Ahčan graduated in 1995 from the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana. In 1999, he finished his PhD and passed the examination in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery with honours (cum laude). From 2008 onward, he has been the Head of the University clinical department for plastic, reconstructive, aesthetic surgery in the University Clinical Centre of Ljubljana. He is a president of Slovenian association of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons. He is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana and currently teaches plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.
The thorough knowledge and hard work of the Ljubljana school of plastic surgery, as well as a rich tradition, represent the basis for numerous internationally known lectures in the area of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. In the last two years, he has visited and lectured at Georgetown University in Washington, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Las Vegas, Turin, Moscow, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Beograd, Dubai, Barcelona, Prague, Copenhagen, Istanbul and other international congresses and has also performed live surgery. He has more than 300 published items, including numerous articles, papers for conferences, books and manuals. Recipient of the most prestigous Derganc Award for medical publishing.
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