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.
Exercise for Breast Cancer Survivors
by Carole M. Schneider, PhD
Exercise is beneficial for breast cancer survivors. In fact, you should avoid inactivity, which can add to your fatigue and make you feel worse. Exercise during and following your treatment will make you less fatigued, help you tolerate your treatment, help you maintain your strength for daily activities, improve your shoulder range of motion, reduce your anxiety, and improve your quality of life.
Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week
In 2010, history was made with FORCE’s successful effort to pass a Congressional resolution declaring the first-ever National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week. This year's celebrations will be held September 25 through October 2, 2011.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Survey
METAvivor Research and Support, Inc., has put together a survey that will help METAvivor build a report that describes the impact of metastatic breast cancer on the lives of those living with the disease.
What You Should Know About Osteoporosis After Breast Cancer
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. It is known as a silent disease because, if undetected, bone loss can progress for many years without symptoms until a fracture occurs. However, it is never too late to adopt new habits for healthy bones.
How Breast Cancer Affects Your Fertility
by Karine Chung, MD, MSCE
At the time of their diagnosis, many women with breast cancer have not yet started or completed their families. Though the potential for infertility can be a great source of stress, it can get lost in the whirlwind of emotions as a young woman faces her diagnosis.
Nutrition and Breast Cancer
by Jessica Iannotta, MS, RD, CSO, CDN
Women facing a new diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as breast cancer survivors, often seek to make healthy changes in order to help prevent recurrence. Other women who have a family history of breast cancer may also seek to maintain a healthy preventative diet and lifestyle. Healthy diet, healthy body weight, and regular exercise all work together to help reduce breast cancer risk.
Know Your Options
by Vladimir Lange, MD
Almost any woman who has had a mastectomy can have her breast reconstructed. New techniques and better skills enable surgeons to achieve results that can be remarkably natural and pleasing.