Category Archives: Breast Cancer

How to Help Patients During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, but the season can bring challenges for cancer patients and those who have recently completed treatment. The stresses of cancer may leave them feeling out of touch or overburdened with traditional holiday responsibilities. If someone you know is in, or has recently completed, treatment for cancer, consider these tips for helping during the holidays.

Let the patient take the lead. Some people will want to celebrate the holiday season as they always have, but others may want to step back and be less festive. Even if treatment is over, your …

 

Managing the Holidays When You Have Cancer

By Julie Salinger, LICSW
The holiday season is full of cheer, but it can also be stressful, especially for cancer patients and their family caregivers. In addition to the extra time spent on shopping, cooking, and socializing, family interactions may bring complex dynamics, old grievances, and varying expectations to the forefront. The pressure to be “festive” can make even the healthiest person weary.
Here are some tips for patients and their families for an enjoyable holiday season.
Reinvent your rituals.
Rituals are a central part of the holiday season for many families. But, while they can be comforting, they can also create an unrealistic …

 

#GivingTuesday and Bakes for Breast Cancer

Today you will see social media a buzz with a hash tag and the words Giving Tuesday written like this #GivingTuesday; if you are wondering what this it is a day of global giving to charities around the world. The day falls after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and the oh so awaited for Cyber Monday. It is meant to remind us all that we are a world of givers and doers.
Now it is the day to remember the charities that need your help; charities that are both big and small will be vying for your attention and generosity.
We at …

 

Last Minute Thanksgivivng Recipes

In case you are still looking for some recipes for Thanksgiving, our blog has some great recipes for you to check out!  Check out these recipes which we make year in and year out!  We will add more recipes for you soon but in the meantime enjoy these recipes!
Brie en Croute
Mushroom Soup
Cipolline Al Forno
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel
Bourbon Apple Crisp with Ice Cream
Enjoy!

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How Does Chemotherapy Work?

More than half of all people with cancer will get chemotherapy – powerful drugs that kill cancer cells to cure the disease, slow its growth, or reduce its symptoms.
There are more than 100 different drugs used in chemotherapy, sometimes alone, but more often in combinations that have proven effective against specific types of cancer. Though traditionally given by injection or intravenous infusion, chemotherapy drugs are increasingly available as pills or liquids that patients can take at home (oral chemotherapy).
Oral chemotherapy pills
Administered prior to surgery, chemotherapy may make a tumor smaller and easier to remove. Chemotherapy is often given as an …

 

Despite Metastatic Breast Cancer, Foster Mom Continues Opening Her Home

Lise Pass has been living with metastatic breast cancer for nearly a decade, but she prefers focusing not on her disease, but rather on her children – all 48 of them.
Lise (left) and Sami Pass with the family’s latest foster son.
In addition to a biological son and daughter who are now adults, Pass and her husband Harry have been foster parents to 46 boys and girls.
The way Pass sees it, being a foster mom has played as big a part in her getting through cancer treatment at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber.
“You have to empower …

 

Does Deodorant/Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer?

Rumors of a link between deodorant/antiperspirant and breast cancer have been around for nearly 20 years. The theory is that by blocking sweat glands in the armpits (particularly in women who shave their underarms), antiperspirants allow toxic compounds to accumulate in the underarm lymph nodes near the breasts, prompting cancer to develop.
However, research has found no conclusive evidence of a connection between deodorant/antiperspirant use and breast cancer.
A major study in 2002 found no data to support this claim. The study involved more than 1,600 women, about half of whom had breast cancer and an equal number who did not. The researchers found …

 

Hold an Office Bake Sale any time of the year!

We are pleased to announce with the success of the First Annual #OfficeBakeSale@bakes4bc that the event will be available for any office to have any month of the year! There is no need to wait till next October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month to have an office bake sale! We think this is reason to celebrate!
Our newest event the Office Bake Sale was met with open arms. We realized why does a company have to wait till next October to hold an Office Bake Sale! We realized there was no good reason to wait!
Now any month of the year you and …

 

Patriots BCA game holds a special place in Bakes4BC volunteer’s heart

 
After four years cheering for the New England Patriots I still get the same excited, giddy, anxious feeling before every game. Each game is special and I feel lucky to be a part of every one. But, there is one game in October that holds a special place in my heart.
Every October the NFL goes pink to support breast cancer awareness. Each team dedicates one game during breast cancer awareness month to call attention to the disease in hopes of promoting early detection. The result of this game is a powerful visual. Players, coaches, stadium staff and cheerleaders dress in …

 

October is flying by!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014 is a bit more than half way over! If you are still looking for ways to help and make a difference; there is still time for you to get involved!
Make a donation and help us raise money for breast cancer research by donating to Bakes for Breast Cancer! We believe the way to find the cure, which is important to all of us, is to provide money for breast cancer research; our money helps in treatment options with the hopes that one day the missing pieces to find the cure will be found!
Donate today and …