Beautiful After Breast Cancer Foundation

Prevention

Modern medicine is increasingly transitioning towards preventive care. This shift towards prevention has also been observed in breast cancer care in recent years, particularly with the discovery of the BRCA gene. Subsequently, multiple genes and risk factors have been identified. Depending on these factors, a personalized screening strategy can be chosen. Therefore, it is crucial to understand these genetic and risk factors.

Diagnosis

I was diagnosed with cancer ... This website serves as a portal designed to assist you and your loved ones in accessing personal information and finding solutions to your concerns.

The primary goal of this website is to offer guidance and support to patients as they navigate their journey toward recovery and improved quality of life. The "Diagnosis" section of our website is divided into two main categories. Firstly, under "Anatomy and Physiology," we provide fundamental knowledge about the breast. Secondly, in the "Tumors and Disorders" section, we delve deeper into various breast-related conditions.

Moreover, we aim to provide information to women who may be concerned about potential breast issues but are hesitant to seek immediate medical advice. Knowledge and information can often offer immediate reassurance if a woman is able to identify the issue herself and determine that no specific treatment is necessary. Conversely, we also strive to educate women who have received a diagnosis of a serious breast condition, such as breast cancer, and wish to approach their doctor well-informed and prepared.

Treatment

The treatment for breast cancer should immediately include a discussion about reconstruction. Our foundation has no greater goal than to raise awareness of this among patients and oncological surgeons. By making an informed decision beforehand, we avoid closing off options for later reconstruction while still considering the oncological aspect. Of course, survival is paramount, and the decision of the oncologic surgeon will always take precedence.

The "Reconstruction or not?" page contains all the information you can expect during an initial consultation before undergoing tumor removal. This page is comprehensive, and your plastic surgeon will only provide information relevant to your situation.

"Removing the tumor" details the surgical procedure itself. This is the most crucial operation because effective tumor removal remains paramount. We guide you through the various methods of removal, a decision often made by a multidisciplinary team comprising oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, radiotherapists, breast nurses, gynecologists, oncological surgeons, and plastic surgeons.

The "Breast Reconstruction" section includes information and illustrations of the different reconstruction options along with corresponding steps.

Revalidation

Those treated for cancer often need a long period to recover.

Cancer is a radical illness with a heavy treatment. Often, people have to deal with psychosocial and/or physical problems afterwards, such as stress, anxiety, extreme fatigue, painful joints, reduced fitness, lymphedema... This can have a major impact on general well-being.

There are rehabilitation programmes offered by most hospitals. We cover some of the major topics here.

Quality of life

Quality of life is a key factor in coping with breast cancer. Therefore, it is important to find coping mechanisms that work, which will be different from patient to patient. For some, it may be finding enjoyment in activities they engaged in prior to diagnosis, taking time for appreciating life and expressing gratitude, volunteering, physical exercise... Of prime importance, studies have shown that accepting the disease as a part of one’s life is a key to effective coping, as well as focusing on mental strength to allow the patient to move on with life. In this section we are addressing some topics that patients experience during and after treatment and we are providing information to address them.

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It's a Beautiful Day 2024

It's a Beautiful Day 2024

SAVE THE DATE!

Also this year, we are organizing an event for patients who have just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and for their families. Not a "day" this year, but an "evening" around the theme of intimacy and sexuality.

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Breast Cancer and resilience

Breast Cancer and resilience

For Beautiful After Breast Cancer, Björn Prins will host an online webinar on the topic of resilience, sharing information and insights tailored to the participants as much as possible.

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LymphAday 2024

LymphAday 2024

We want to raise awareness of lymphedema, which is why we host a free information event on lymphedema every year on March 6.

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Impact Report 2023

Impact Report 2023

A very heartfelt thank you to all sponsors and everyone who contributed to the activities of Beautiful After Breast Cancer in 2023.Thanks to your support, we were able to achieve our objectives and our actions reached many patients, their loved ones and caregivers. How we did this, you can read in our Impact Report 2023.

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Concert Prima La Musica Aftermovie

Concert Prima La Musica Aftermovie

Beautiful After Breast Cancer provided tickets to this fantastic concert and organized an exclusive meet & greet for attendees with Dirk Brossé. Proceeds from the tickets went to support our activities. Special thanks to Prima La Musica, Dirk Brossé and Bijloke Gent.

Did you miss the event? We like to look back together with a beautiful aftermovie.

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This was the Cancer Conference 2023

This was the Cancer Conference 2023

In November 2023, BABC together with Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG), Stop Bowel Cancer vzw and Centrum voor Oncologisch Onderzoek (CORE), organized the eighth edition of the Cancer Congress in Ghent.During the congress, various experts presented to a wide audience a clear overview of the innovations and a glimpse of the future around cancer research, screening, diagnosis and treatment and patient participation.

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How do we invest your donations?

Thanks to your donations, we can support the many breast cancer patients and their families and we do so in many ways.

Since we are an organisation entirely run by volunteers who do this for free, your donations go entirely to support our objectives and activities.

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