Reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer is an option; it is not required. While some survivors choose to have reconstruction performed at the same time as the mastectomy, others prefer to wait, wear a breast prosthesis, or wear nothing...
Talking with Family and Friends Telling people who are mature and sensitive enough to handle a disclosure of cancer will relieve you of the burden of inventing explanations, or being on guard against discovery of your illness. You may find...
This is an important time to renew your commitment to provide the care and attention your mind, body, and soul deserve. Rejuvenate your personal well-being with the self-care tips these breast cancer survivors used during the toughest battle of...
Lymphedema is a swelling of the arm on the side of the body where breast or lymph node surgery (or radiation of the lymph nodes) was performed. The swelling is caused by a build-up of lymph fluids which are...
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,...
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...
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,...
Employment You may find that insurance considerations play an important role in your employment options. Many women who have had breast cancer express frustration about their inability to seek new jobs because many insurance companies refuse to insure individuals with...
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...

Hormonal Therapy

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The term hormone therapy can sometimes be misleading. In the treatment of breast cancer it refers to "anti-hormone" therapy. Many types of breast cancer depend on hormones for growth. Manipulating the body's hormones by blocking them from "feeding" cancer...