Radiation therapy is given to breast cancer patients after a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy in order to reduce the likelihood of a local recurrence--to prevent the tumor from growing back in the area where it was removed. Radiation destroys...
It is very reassuring to know that you are doing "something" to fight the cancer every time you visit your healthcare provider. When that visual and experiential reinforcement is no longer present, it is very frightening for cancer patients. Your...
For many women, clinical trials can offer the best treatment available for breast cancer. Most cancer patients are hesitant to consider participating in a clinical trial for several reasons: Fear of not receiving treatment, or getting the "sugar pill". In fact,...
If you have entered this section of our web site, you are facing a diagnosis of breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body or is locally advanced. Like many other women dealing with this diagnosis,...
Decision Making While Emotional Making any decision about your cancer treatment can be an emotional experience. You'll need to remind yourself that because you're the person with cancer it will be difficult for you to hear everything that your healthcare...
Communicating With Your Doctors How much information do I want to be told about my diagnosis, or health status? How do I want my doctors to communicate with me about these issues (for example, don’t beat around the bush,...
Exercise is another area of your life where you can act to promote your health. Regular exercise will help you feel better, and help you reclaim your body, during or after treatment. Choose a workout or exercise program that is...