Beautiful After Breast Cancer Foundation


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.


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.


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.


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.

Mission statement, uniqueness and goals of Beautiful ABC

Our mission statement

The Beautiful ABC Foundation is a global, multi-disciplinary, organization devoted to the reconstruction of a patient’s life following a diagnosis of breast cancer.

We act as a medium through which patients can discover a comprehensive approach to breast cancer and find inspiration that a life of joy, beauty and well-being is possible after treatment.

In addition to providing objective, reliable information to both patients and physicians, we will work toward enhancing the sense of well-being by offering advanced teaching opportunities, lobbying medical, insurance and governmental bodies, investing in scientific research and providing financial aid to deserving individuals.

Our uniqueness

In contrast to other cancer organizations, we start with the patient’s desired destination – the return to a rich, full life with a restored body image. This is achieved by continuous cooperation between patient and physician. We act as the medium, offering a centralized database, that aggregates objective breast cancer information on a single website.


1. to stimulate public awareness and to provide information so that patients can make informed decisions around surgical breast reconstruction and non-surgical methods of improving their appearance during and immediately after the oncological treatments of breast cancer.

We want to encourage and reinforce the belief that a beautiful life is possible after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, with or without reconstruction. The crucial tool to obtain this goal is creating a medium (website) for (para-)medical information around the different aspects and choices in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment(oncological information), and specifics around ablative and (optional) reconstructive surgery.

Other tools can be, but are not limited to, publicity/advertisement in conventional media (TV, radio, newspaper, magazines), representation at public events, meetings or conferences and mailings (email or conventional). Important for all these tools is that a “positive” feeling should dominate. It’s a ‘feel-good’ experience where hope is the key message.

2. to financially support teaching and education in the field of reconstructive surgery.
This may include, but is not limited to:

A) providing scholarships to young surgeons to travel and visit renowned centers specialized in reconstructive surgery

B) support renowned teachers to teach reconstructive surgery in areas where reconstructive surgery is under-developed

C) any tool that would support and encourage e-learning

3. to financially support research in the field of reconstructive surgery. This can include, but is not limited to financial support of a researcher, a specific research project or support of an institution involved in reconstructive surgery research.

4. to financially support the development of reconstructive surgery in developing countries.
This involves the topics on education mentioned in point 3 but also:

A) support of medical/surgical missions: travel, housing, medications, medical devices (f.e. implants, prostheses, epitheses, etc…)

B) acquisitions and transport of medical, surgical and anesthaesiology equipment to be donated to local clinics

C) financial support of local humanitarian projects: clinics, orphanages, schools, dispensaries, etc.

5. to support specific projects and events that help accomplish the goals above. The nature of these projects can be artistic, literary, religious, sportive, scientific (f.e. organizing scientific conferences) or of any other kind as long as they meet the moral standards of the Board members. Revenues from these projects are entirely donated to the “Beautiful After Breast Cancer” Foundation.