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2 Kids, 1 Experience

Battling cancer is a traumatic experience for the patient and their loved ones, regardless of age. Have you ever thought about what it is like to be a child with a mother battling breast cancer? Here lies a recollection by two young adults, DJ Reed and Emma De Suyrot, about what it was like to be a 7 or 8 year-old with a mother who is battling breast cancer. 
Today, DJ is 21 and Emma is 20. Both are college juniors studying in Boston, MA. DJ is a New Yorker, through and through, while Emma is French-Japanese and was raised in …

 

Priority Areas Illustrate Expertise

With a breadth that addresses all types of breast
and gynecologic cancers – from the common to the
obscure, the early-stage to the advanced – the Susan F.
Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber is
propelling the science and fine-tuning patient care for
women (and in a few cases, men) of all ages.
The center’s research and care expertise is growing
in four major areas where patients find themselves in
particular need of assistance: breast surgery, metastatic
breast cancer, breast cancer in young women, and
recurrent ovarian cancer.
Breast Surgery
Colleen Sullivan was prepared to follow a typical plan
for her breast cancer: a lumpectomy followed by radia-
tion. When she learned a …

 

The Road Less Traveled

Many of us travel a similar road once diagnosed with breast cancer…surgery, chemo, radiation and all that goes with it. Eventually we reach the end of active treatment.  For some of us the road has a different course… more aggressive  treatment, harder choices to make and active treatment that continues indefinitely.
For women diagnosed with rare and very aggressive cancers, women who test positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation, women diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant and women whose first diagnosis is metastatic breast cancer, the  road is long and sometimes unending.
Women diagnosed with Paget’s Disease of the Nipple, …

 

Coping With the Changes that Breast Cancer Brings

The biggest change a diagnosis of breast cancer brings is the loss of feeling in control of your life, your body, your future.

All of a sudden we are casting about for ways to feel in control once again. Our fear, our anger, our confusion only compound our feelings of being out of control now that our body has let us down. We are being challenged to find the  coping mechanisms that will get us through the anxiety of diagnostic tests to determine the size, location and possible spread of our breast cancer. We need the presence of mind to get …