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A Husband’s Journey Through a
Double Mastectomy

by Chris Spires

Breast Cancer. Like so many, I’ve seen the pink ribbons, watched women in pink t-shirts hit the streets for fundraising 5Ks, and cheered on pink-clad football players during the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness drives every October. Breast cancer awareness is ingrained in our society. That said, mine remained a passing awareness. That was until October 2016 when my wife, Heather, was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

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Nourishing Your Emotional Health
during Breast Cancer

by Linda M. Sutton, MD, and Donette W. Vicente, MD

There’s no doubt about it; a cancer diagnosis – of any kind – has a way of challenging your emo­tional well-being. For breast cancer survivors, in particular, the emotional journey can feel like a roller coaster, with many expected highs and lows, as well as unexpected twists and turns.

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The Sun Will Shine Again

by Adrienne Slaughter

As an upbeat, active single woman living in Hermosa Beach, CA, I live a fabulous life. But my life hasn’t always been easy. When I was just 14 years old, I faced my first of two rounds with cancer. And I was given only a one-percent chance of survival.

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Embracing Survivorship After Breast Cancer

by Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN

“Congratulations! We’ll see you in six months.” You’ve been eagerly anticipating this announcement since you first heard the words “You have breast cancer.” But after settling in to a routine of treatments, scans, and doctor’s appointments, the news that you’ve beaten breast cancer might provoke an unexpected response.

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Adopting Your New Normal after a Diagnosis of Metastatic Breast Cancer

by Neal Niznan, MSW, LCSW

"Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” Dorothy tells her little dog in the film The Wizard of Oz as she looks at the surreal landscape of Munchkin Land, realizing that the familiarity of her life has dramatically changed. Maybe you experienced a similar real­ization when you heard the words metastatic disease.

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Partners in Survival

by Marc Heyison

“Your mother has breast cancer.” These frightening words were spoken to me in 1992. Today my mom has been cancer-free for almost 22 years. Her courage inspired me to become an advocate in the fight against breast cancer, with a mission to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when breast cancer strikes a loved one.

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Breast Cancer & Your Genes

by Kimberly I. Muse and Jennifer K. Litton, MD

Breast cancer affects approximately 232,340 women per year. Most breast cancers have various contributing factors, such as age, reproductive and menstrual history, certain changes found in the breast tissue, hormonal factors, and family history. However, about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary.

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Research Presented at the 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium

The 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium was held September 7 - 9, 2013, in San Francisco, California. The Symposium was cosponsored by the American Society of Breast Disease, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the National Consortium of Breast Centers, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

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