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Cognitive Issues Following Breast Cancer Treatment

Until recently, it was considered that only women and men who had chemo as part of their treatment for breast cancer might have cognitive issues as survivors. A new study challenges that theory, pointing to survivors who did not have chemo also experiencing cognitive problems after treatment.
An article in Science News, published in December 2011, reports a study found that breast cancer survivors may experience problems with certain cognitive abilities several years after treatment. This may occur whether they were treated with chemotherapy plus radiation or radiation only.
I found the article of particular interest as I did not have chemo, …

 

Sexual Activity After Breast Cancer

I read a review of research published in Maturitas an international science journal dedicated to research about midlife health and beyond. The article focused on sexuality after breast cancer.
Summarizing the research findings in a sentence …women get little support to help them maintain intimacy while going through treatment or restoring intimacy after active treatment is over.
Sexuality remains the taboo subject.
The review, which analyzes studies from 1998 to 2010, concluded that the sexual needs of women with breast cancer are rarely addressed in a clinical setting. The reasons given vary; health professionals either don’t know how to, or don’t feel comfortable, …

 

Personal Quality of Life Issues as a Breast Cancer Survivor

If you have a supportive family, close friends and/or a long-term marriage or relationship with a loving partner, this can ease the transition from patient to survivor and all the adjustments that go with it.
For those of us who get breast cancer later in life, survivor adjustments to things that impact on our personal quality of life may include lingering side effects from treatment, which fade with time, side effects from hormone therapy (if we are er-positive) such as hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, vaginal dryness and bone pain.
There is relief for hot flashes, mood swings, bone pain and …

 

Depression and Breast Cancer

Why do some women weather a diagnosis of breast cancer and treatment with a minimum amount of emotional stress and bypass the depression most often experienced by many new survivors?
Depression certainly seems to be an understandable response to facing a life-threatening illness, changes in body image, debilitating treatment, expensive treatments not totally covered by insurance and changes in one’s personal and professional life.
Ann Bettencourt, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, recently studied women who are most likely to experience distress following a diagnosis of breast and when depressive symptoms tend to occur throughout the course of their …

 

Breast Prostheses and Travel Security

While I have not flown since acquiring my breast prostheses two years ago, I have traveled by cruise ship and gone through a similar security system as to what is used in airports. Fortunately, I was not stopped or questioned or required to go through a more extensive body search procedure. However, other women have.
Last year, a flight attendant’s experience going through airport security made national news as she was put through an extensive search even after she explained that she was wearing a breast prosthesis.
I came across the following article about a breast prosthesis card that might be of …

 

Survivors Often Give Lumpectomy/Radiation Breast Appearance A Rating of Fair

I came across the following article the other day and could identify with the feelings of those women who were disappointed with the results of their breast-conserving treatments for breast cancer.
Reprint of article in 2011 Current Cancer
A third of all breast cancer survivors who received the breast-conserving treatments of lumpectomy and radiation rate the appearance of their post-treatment breast as only fair or poor in comparison to their untreated breast, according to a new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study recently presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Diego.
The …

 

Bringing a Bit of Holiday Cheer to Cancer Treatment Units

The Loving Hands Loom Knitters, a charitable knitting group, is keeping  the spirit of giving alive for cancer patients at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York.
For the fifth year in a row, a group of Bronx ladies  gave out their hand-made hats and gloves to men and women in cancer treatment at Jacobi Hospital.
It was my pleasure to once again be a part of that special day. Loving Hands members include breast cancer survivors as well as ladies who want to show their support for men and women touched by cancer.
On November 15th we met at Jacobi and brought …

 

Bringing a Bit of Holiday Cheer to Cancer Treatment Units

The Loving Hands Loom Knitters, a charitable knitting group, is keeping  the spirit of giving alive for cancer patients at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York.
For the fifth year in a row, a group of Bronx ladies  gave out their hand-made hats and gloves to men and women in cancer treatment at Jacobi Hospital.
It was my pleasure to once again be a part of that special day. Loving Hands members include breast cancer survivors as well as ladies who want to show their support for men and women touched by cancer.
On November 15th we met at Jacobi and brought …