Daily Archives: June 21, 2016

Size of the Breast Cancer

Size indicates how large across the tumor is at its widest point. Doctors measure cancer in millimeters (1 mm = .04 inch) or centimeters (1 cm = .4 inch). Size is used to help determine the stage of the breast cancer.

Size doesn’t tell the whole story, though. All of the cancer’s characteristics are important. A small cancer can be aggressive while a larger cancer is not — or it could be the other way around.

Expert Quote

“Size matters when it comes to breast cancer, but size is only one of the personality features on the list.

Fish Oil, and Supplement to Avoid with Breast Cancer

  • Researchers found that healthy volunteers who were given fish oil or fatty fish like salmon and mackerel showed a significant increase in their blood levels of a fatty acid that has been  associated with resistance to chemotherapy in earlier studies. The study at the University Center Utrecht concluded that patients on chemotherapy should avoid fish oil at least a day before and after their chemo treatments  

    This was a small study, but it points out an issue that many cancer patients need to understand.  Supplements or herbs that may be fine for healthy people may not be appropriate while in cancer treatment. 

Hormone Replacement Therapy vs. Hormone Therapy: Whats The Difference

Women are often confused by two types of hormone therapy they might encounter. The two have radically different goals – and one can be dangerous to your health, especially if you’re a breast cancer survivor.

If you’re a breast cancer newbie (or have never been through treatment), your only experience with hormones may be way back in puberty, when the wild swings of newly active female hormones made you crazy. Or perhaps you’ve been through menopause, suffered through the decline of those same hormone levels – and were prescribed a continuing course of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by your general practitioner.

Mom With Breast Cancer: 9 Ways to Deal

As a mother, battling breast cancer is an overwhelming experience. Your very worst fear – deserting your children – becomes an all-too-real possibility. Here’s some practical advice for moms (with kids of all ages) trying to stay on an even emotional keel during breast cancer treatment – and beyond

Breast cancer is not your fault
Breast cancer’s not your fault

You didn’t bring this on yourself and, just as importantly, your children. The six-packs you downed as a teen, the brief interlude of smoking, the less-than-healthy diet – don’t beat yourself up.