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Hearing The Word CANCER

Every woman has a story. A day she will never forget. She knows where she was, what she was doing, and how the news was delivered. For some it begins with the discovery of a lump and the subsequent worry. For others, it begins with a routine screening that ends up not quite “routine”. Women remember the moment they got the call or were told the news, and so often, everything that was said after the words “You have cancer,” becomes blurred, unheard, and unprocessed.

I was going to look forward. I wasn’t going to look back. I wasn’t going to give cancer prominence in my life.

5 Worst BRA Mistake You’re Making

You probably don’t think twice when it comes to buying and  wearing bras. However, the truth is that many women make mistakes with their bras that can be detrimental to their health. Read on to see whether you’re making any of these mistakes and what to do to fix them.

1. You choose your bra by cup size

bra size

Rather than go shopping for a bra thinking, “I’m an A cup” or “I’m a D cup,” experts say that you should be more focused on your band size. Get an accurate band size measurement by measuring around the bottom of your bra band,

The 10 Things They Never Tell You About Breast Cancer

  • You may read all the hospital pamphlets and doctor handouts in the world, but there are some things about the cancer experience that just aren’t mentioned. 

    It’s not the cancer that hurts. It’s the treatment.

    Breast cancer usually isn’t painful – until treatment starts. That lump you felt? Didn’t hurt, right? The follow-up MRI, even the biopsy – not too bad. But once treatment begins in earnest, you’ll probably experience some pain – from minor, to quite major. Thankfully, there are drugs and other options to deal with the pain and discomfort of cancer treatment;

Six(6) Tips For Better Communication With Your Doctor

  • Why does this matter?  I’ve heard plenty of women say they don’t want to know the details.  They just want the doctor to tell them what they need to do.  It matters because women who understand why their doctors are prescribing a particular course of treatment are more likely to follow through with it.  In this study, 86% of the women who knew they were hormone receptor positive received hormone treatment compared to 71% for those who didn’t know their receptor status.  I would imagine the rates of long-term compliance drop lower for women who don’t understand why the drug that is giving them hot flashes or aching bones can reduce their chance of recurrence.

Healthy Living May Offset Genetic Breast Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer can still cut their risk of the disease by following a healthy lifestyle, a large new study suggests.

In fact, lifestyle might be especially powerful for women at relatively high genetic risk of breast cancer, researchers found.

“Those genetic risks are not set in stone,” said senior researcher Nilanjan Chatterjee, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

The study found that four lifestyle factors were key: Maintaining a healthy weight; not smoking;

Obese Fathers May Increase Daughters’ Breast Cancer Risk

A number of studies have suggested that a mother’s diet and weight in pregnancy affects the breast cancer risk of offspring. Now, new research suggests the same may ring true for fathers; being obese alters the gene expression of sperm, which may raise the risk of breast cancer for their daughters.
Obese fathers may raise their daughters’ breast cancer risk, say researchers.

It is well established that certain changes to genes can influence a woman’s breast cancer risk, and around 5-10 percent of these gene changes are inherited.

Previous studies have shown that a woman’s lifestyle factors –

Getting a Chemotherapy Infusion: Step By Step

Before starting treatment

You’ll have your first consultation with your medical oncologist (cancer doctor) and any needed follow-up visits. The oncologist will:

  • take your medical history, do a physical exam, and review all your lab tests, mammography films, and biopsy results
  • make a recommendation about which chemotherapy regimens would be best for you
  • explain the benefits and side effects of each recommended chemotherapy regimen
  • carefully review the treatment consent form with you and have you sign it
  • schedule your first treatment appointment (the timing depends on your unique situation)

On the day of treatment

On the day you get chemotherapy,

Where Will You Go For Chemotherapy?

You can receive chemotherapy in a hospital, a doctor’s office, or a clinic. Chemotherapy can also be taken at home if you have a portable pump or are taking your chemo medicine as a pill. Most people are able to go home between treatments. In some cases, you may have to stay in the hospital so your doctor can monitor your health, especially if your immune system isn’t working as well as it should (doctors call this a suppressed immune system) right after your treatment. When you decide on a chemotherapy regimen, your doctor will tell you where you’ll be getting your treatment.

How Is Chemotherapy Given?

Chemotherapy medicines come in many forms and can be given in many ways:

Intravenously (IV) as a slow drip (also called an infusion) through a thin needle in a vein in your hand or lower arm. The nurse will put the needle in when each infusion begins and take it out when the infusion is done. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you feel any pain or burning while you’re getting chemotherapy through an IV infusion.

Injection as a single shot into a muscle in your arm, leg, or hip,

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.