Our Poster at SABCS 2019

NPOAS founder Kim Bowles presenting a research poster on flat closure at SABCS 2019

We had a successful poster session at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) this past month, presenting a poster with the results of our original research, “Flat closure after mastectomy: are your patients satisfied with the results?”

This research explored the patient experience going flat, including decision factors, satisfaction with cosmesis, provider pushback, and more. Stay tuned for the full report.

The SABCS19 poster presenting NPOAS’ original research on flat closure

The response from providers attending the conference was overwhelmingly supportive, and several surgeons made some great suggestions for avenues to pursue parity which we will be exploring in the coming weeks.

Thanks to all the women who participated in the surveys, to our advisors who helped inform this project, and to the SABCS organizers for giving NPOAS and other advocates a platform to interface with providers and researchers to advance the interests of patients facing mastectomy. And a very special thanks to Charise Isis for letting us use her beautiful imagery from The Grace Project!

We look forward to continuing our work to promote and protect the interests of women going flat in 2020 and beyond.

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Published by Not Putting on a Shirt

Founder of Not Putting on a Shirt, a mastectomy patients' rights organization that advocates for optimal surgical outcomes for patients going flat.

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