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...
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...
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...
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,...

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...
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,...
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...
Clinical studies have demonstrated that there is a small difference in the survival rates for women who have invasive breast cancer and choose lumpectomy instead of a mastectomy. Each person will have to consider which treatment is right for...

Am I going to die?

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The five year relative survival rate is 95% for women with early stage breast cancer. However, when faced with a life-threatening illness it is natural to be anxious about the quality of your life in the future. Fortunately, the...