Treating Breast Cancer’s Hot Flashes
by Charles L. Loprinzi, MD
Hot flashes are a major problem for many women as they go through the menopausal transition and, for some, for many years thereafter. They are a bigger problem for women with a history of breast cancer, mainly because some of the treatments for breast cancer cause hot flashes and because women with breast cancer are advised to avoid estrogen, a common hot flash treatment.
New Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implant Approved
The FDA has approved a silicone gel-filled breast implant manufactured by Sientra Inc. to increase breast size in women at least 22 years old and to rebuild breast tissue in women of any age. As a condition of approval, Sientra is required to conduct post-approval studies that will assess long-term safety and effectiveness outcomes, as well as the risks of rare disease outcomes.
Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer
by Ronnie Kaye, MFT
“You have breast cancer.” Those are four words no woman ever wants to hear. In addition to being thrust precipitously into an alien world of medical terminology, bewildering choices, and challenging treatments, a woman can also find herself in a state of emotional crisis that can continue through and even beyond the end of treatment.
Helping Children Cope with Your Breast Cancer
by Cynthia Moore, PhD
Open, honest communication with children about breast cancer can be challenging, but it’s one of the best ways to help children thrive during your treatment.
CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
The 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium was presented in December by the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the American Association for Cancer Research, and Baylor College of Medicine. The driving force behind this collaboration is the shared mission of the organizations to advance progress in breast cancer research.
What Can You Do as Her Husband?
by John W. Anderson
The first thing you can do is – nothing. Huh? Doing nothing goes against every fiber of our being as men. We operate, quite well actually, when the rules of engagement apply: take business, sports, and war as three great examples. We have a mission, we make a game plan, and we execute.
New Research Presented at the 5th Annual Breast Cancer Symposium
New studies on breast cancer screening, treatment, and survival were presented at the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium held September 8-10, 2011, in San Francisco, California.
Addressing Sexual Function After Breast Cancer Therapy
by Shari Goldfarb, MD, Jeanne Carter, PhD, and Maura Dickler, MD
The majority of women with early-stage breast cancer will become long-term survivors. Therefore, increased attention to quality of life and symptoms should occur both during treatment and throughout survivorship. Common breast cancer treatments of chemotherapy and endocrine therapy may induce menopause in premenopausal women, resulting in hot flashes, increased vaginal dryness, itchiness, pain with vaginal penetration or gynecologic exams, changes in sexual response, decreased sexual interest, and recurrent urinary infections.