Advocacy Plan

Our mission is to ensure breast cancer patients and providers understand
that “going flat” is a valid, beautiful, healthy surgical option after mastectomy.

Here's how we'll do it:

1. education

Breast cancer patients need clear language to communicate their desire to go flat to a medical team. FCN commits to providing and promoting clear language on flat closure and revision surgery.

 

2. visuals

Breast cancer patients who are considering going flat need information and community. FCN commits to educating and supporting patients through its website, social media presence, and publications.

3. community

Breast cancer patients who are considering going flat need information and community. FCN commits to educating and supporting patients through its website, social media presence, and publications.

4. support

It’s time to broaden the public breast cancer conversation to include flat as a viable post-mastectomy option; therefore, FCN commits to establishing a presence at national breast surgery conferences to give voice to the option to go flat.

4. speak

It’s time to broaden the public breast cancer conversation to include flat as a viable post-mastectomy option; therefore, FCN commits to establishing a presence at national breast surgery conferences to give voice to the option to go flat.

5. revision is not "elective"

An aesthetically pleasing (meaning neat and tidy) flat closure should NOT be considered cosmetic surgery. No breast cancer patient should be denied access to a flat closure because an insurance company deems going flat an elective surgery.

6. amend

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act should include language that protects a patient's right to a flat closure after mastectomy. FCN believes the umbrella term “breast reconstruction,” which the Act mandates insurance companies cover, must be amended to include language for flat closure.

8. advise

All surgeons who work with breast cancer patients should be familiar with flat-closure techniques.  FCN's advisory board includes surgeons who commit their time, insights, and expertise to training their colleagues how (and why) to perform flat closures.

9. research

Research on the quality of life and satisfaction of patients who've gone flat MUST happen to advance the community's understanding and lay the groundwork for shifts in legislation.

10. ADDRESS

Providers must acknowledge and address structural paternalism that is rampant in breast cancer care.  Providers must be willing to reflect on how their conscious and unconscious assumptions impact patient care.

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