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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
There are several options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. It is important to consult with a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon about options that are available to you based on your body type and size, your personal preference,...
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...

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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...
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,...