In 2001, Christine Druther, a HER2 breast cancer survivor, had an explicit vision for a new kind of support group designed specifically for people with HER2 breast cancer. While there are numerous support groups for the many people living with breast cancer, Christine and her husband, Joe, saw a need for a place where women could come to share information, hope, and encouragement about their particular type of cancer. Together, they developed HER2Support.org.
Finding and Fitting a Breast Form
by Constance M. Niclas, MHA, CMF, CF-m
Women with breast cancer face several cosmetic changes that may affect their body image and quality of life, including the loss of one or both breasts. In order to feel better about themselves and their bodies, some women may choose to be fitted with a breast prosthesis. Breast prostheses are breast forms that are put inside a bra to make your breasts look natural and balanced.
Questions & Answers about Breast Cancer TreatmentThere are many ways to treat breast cancer. Your doctor will suggest a special treatment plan for you. Your plan may include one or more of the following treatments:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Monoclonal antibody therapy
What You Need to Know if You Choose Breast Reconstruction
by Karen M. Horton, MD, MSC, FRCSC
Breast reconstruction involves recreating a breast form following cancer. Women facing breast cancer should be reassured that reconstruction of the breast can be a positive experience. Restoration of a breast form and creating symmetry helps to restore a woman’s body image, self-esteem, and sense of femininity and wholeness.
Assembling Your Breast Cancer Treatment Team
Many women have one primary care physician – an internist, a gynecologist, or a family practitioner – whom they have known for some time. The treatment of breast cancer is different, however, because cancer care is almost always a team effort.
Understanding Chemotherapy Treatment for Metastatic Breast Cancer
by Peter Bjerkerot, RN, OCN
Having a good relationship with your healthcare team is almost as essential as your relationships with your loved ones. Communicate with your healthcare team. You should feel involved in your treatment decisions and actively participate in your care.
What Does Breast Cancer Have to Do with My Bones?
by Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
As women are surviving and living longer after breast cancer, medical professionals are identifying new health issues that are particular to you, the breast cancer survivor. One of these areas of concern is bone health.
Summertime Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors
The summer season can present some unique challenges when you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are undergoing treatment. For example, how will the heat affect your energy level and daily activities? Will you feel comfortable wearing your wig and/or a bathing suit to the pool or the beach? These and other concerns can be alleviated by following some basic health tips and devising a plan of action that will maximize your summer vacation and the time you spend with family and friends.