When the Diagnosis is Metastatic Breast Cancer
by Hoda Badr, PhD
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you have probably gone through treatment hoping for remission or recovery. However, if your healthcare team tells you that your cancer has metastasized, you and your partner may be facing new choices regarding your care and your future together. This can be a time of frustration, fear, poor communication, and physical discomfort. But this also can be a time of growth, meaning, and healing. By coming to understand each other’s perspective, you and your partner can begin to work as a team to navigate this experience together.
What Do You Need to Know About Ovarian and Breast Cancer Risk?
In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she carries a genetic mutation linked to breast and ovarian cancers, thousands of women are wondering whether they are at risk. To address their concerns, four women’s health organizations have joined together to provide essential information about risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Summer
Summer can be the best of times, or, if you’re in breast cancer treatment or recovery, the most challenging of times. It’s a season to enjoy the outdoors, go on vacation, and spend time with family and friends.
Becoming a Mother after Breast Cancer Treatment
by Evelyn Mok-Lin, MD, and Glenn Schattman, MD
The opportunity to have children, raise a family, and experience the joys of motherhood is a very real prospect for many young women with breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are currently over 350,000 young women between the ages of 20 and 39 years old living with cancer in the U.S. Because there are so many reproductive-age cancer survivors who may want children in the future, the topic of fertility has become increasingly important to a woman’s treatment, recovery, and healing process.
Young Women & Breast Cancer
Once you have completed treatment for breast cancer, you may have some lingering side effects. Where you once felt like a healthy young woman, you may now encounter what feels like constantly changing physical ailments. It is natural to become frustrated with these issues, but knowing what to look for and open communication with your medical team can help alleviate symptoms and worry.
Genetic Markers Linked To the Development of Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivors
A new University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study has found a clear association between certain genes and the development of lymphedema, a painful and chronic condition that often occurs after breast cancer surgery and some other cancer treatments. The researchers also learned that the risks of developing lymphedema increased significantly for women who had more advanced breast cancer at the time of diagnosis, more lymph nodes removed or a significantly higher body mass index.
Meeting the Challenges of Breast Cancer as a Young Woman
Young women facing the challenges of breast cancer deserve to live full and meaningful lives. You have many options for making your life the best it can be. Regardless of your stage, the treatment you endured, or where you are in your breast cancer experience, you can and should strive for your highest quality of life. That will mean something different to every young woman. We all experience breast cancer differently and value different things in our lives. Circumstances change, too, and achieving your best life might mean different things on different days and might call for different approaches.
Breast Cancer & Your Emotional Well-Being
by Linda Sutton, MD
The moment you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, your life is irrevocably changed. Regardless of your prognosis, you know that you will never again be someone who hasn’t had cancer. Some people find this burden overwhelming, particularly in the early days just after diagnosis. However, others are able to turn the experience around, growing and blossoming on their journey rather than being weighed down. What makes the difference?