Daily Archives: June 23, 2016

Eating When You Have Nausea And Vomitting

Almost all breast cancer treatments have varying degrees of risk for nausea and vomiting. Some people never have nausea or vomiting, while others experience it frequently. Many people describe having “stomach awareness,” a type of discomfort in which a person is not interested in eating, but does not feel nauseated. Some people have nausea that lingers more than a week beyond chemotherapy. Thankfully, these side effects can almost always be controlled, or at least substantially reduced, by a variety of medications and lifestyle changes. Learn more about the causes and ways to relieve nausea and vomiting.

Don’t force yourself to drink or eat if you’re nauseated or vomiting.

11 Tips for Better Nail Care During Chemotherapy

Clip your nails short. Imperfections show up less in short nails

Don’t cut your cuticles.Use cuticle remover cream or gels and push your nails back gently.

Don’t bite your nails or cuticles, particularly on the hand on the same side as your affected breast. If you have a hard time stopping, consider wearing thin white cotton gloves around the house to help you break this habit.

Massage cuticle cream into the cuticle area daily to prevent dryness, splitting, and hangnails

Wear gloves while doing chores such as washing dishes.

Should You Remove Your Healthy Breast? Study Finds Minimal Benefit

A hot topic among members of my online breast cancer support groups is whether to also remove the healthy breast when having a mastectomy. A double mastectomy can help with symmetry and balance. But many of my friends view the procedure as a way to prevent cancer from spreading to the other side, or to prevent a new cancer.

Statistically, the risk of developing cancer in the second breast is very low for most women, as low as one per cent. Yet between 1998 and 2011, the rate of bilateral surgery increased from around 2 percent among all women undergoing mastectomy to 11 percent.

How Long Until Considered Breast Cancer Free

Question: How long must a woman survive after breast cancer to be considered cancer-free or cured?

Answer: According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for non-metastatic breast cancer (breast cancer that has not spread beyond the breast) is 80%. Newspapers and television usually translate that to, “If you’ve survived for five years, you’re cancer-free.”

This is a bit misleading. It’s true that during the first five years, the risk of recurrence is highest. But breast cancer can recur even after five years. The important point to know is that the more time passes,

Can Wearing a Bra all the Time Cause Cancer?

Question: Can you get breast cancer from things you do to your breasts, like wearing a bra all the time, or when your partner caresses them?

Answer: No, you cannot get breast cancer from these things. What you wear and how your breasts are touched do not affect your risk for breast cancer.

But if you feel uncomfortable with the way your partner handles your breasts, you need to share that with him or her. It’s important for you to be intimate in ways that feel good for you