Breast Cancer Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

Flu Shots During Breast Cancer Treatment
Can you get a flu shot during breast cancer treatment? Learn about guidelines in receiving this vaccine and how to best avoid the flu.

How Lymph Node Status Affects Breast Cancer
Axillary lymph node dissection is done to determine your risk of metastatic breast cancer. Learn more about lymph nodes and breast cancer here.

Tissue Expander Pain Causes and Help Guide
There are many ways to cope with tissue expander pain – some of which you can do for yourself, and some of which require a doctor's help. When you have tissue expanders for breast reconstruction, they may temporarily cause pain. Here's how to deal with tissue expander pain.

Nipple Variations: Erect, Inverted, Retracted
Do you know the difference between inverted nipples, retracted nipples, and erect nipples? Inverted nipples may be normal for some women. Learn how to identify the variations on inverted, retracted, and erect nipples.

What Are Radiation Therapy Tattoos?
Before having breast radiation, you may need to have skin markings or radiation therapy tattoos to guide the treatment. Here's what to expect.

Parts of a Nipple, Areola, and Montgomery Glands
Breast anatomy is complex and important to reproductive and breastfeeding health. Find out what's inside a nipple and the health of its parts.

Compare Four Brands of Hot Flash Pajamas
Compare four brands of wicking sleepwear, designed to help with hot flashes and night sweats. Wicking sleepwear claims to pull moisture away from your skin during a hot flash, leaving you dry and cool, not wet and freezing. Wicking sleepwear was invented to give hot flash sufferers a good night's sleep. Compare four type of wicking sleepwear before you make a purchase.

How Tumor Size Affects Breast Cancer Staging
Breast cancer tumor size affects the staging of your cancer and your treatment decisions. Here's a good way to visualize the size using common food.

Tumor Grade - Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Tumor grade is part of the data that will appear on your pathology report. Knowing more about your tumor helps your doctor decide on the treatments that will deliver the best outcome. Learn more about tumor grade.

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Mammogram Images - What Do Breast Masses Look Like?
What does your mammogram look like? See how benign and malignant masses appear to the radiologist and why you need regular breast screening.

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Hormone Receptor Status and Diagnosis
Estrogen and Progesterone biomarker tests results will appear on your pathology report. Understanding the test results is important, because this information affects your treatment as well as your follow-up care, if you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ki-67 Tumor Marker Test in Breast Cancer Treatment
What kind of test is the Ki-67 antigen test for breast cancer, when might it be used, and what does it mean for treatment and prognosis?

Nipple or Subareolar Abscess: Symptoms and Treatment
A nipple or a subareolar abscess can cause a lump and pain. Learn about the causes and symptoms of this breast condition and how it is treated.

Areola and Nipple Changes
Nipple and areola changes can occur naturally or be a symptom of a medical problem. Learn which signs need to be checked further by your doctor.

7 Breast Cancer Symptoms and Explanations
Learn these 7 signs and symptoms of breast cancer, what causes them, and what actions you should take if you find a change in your breasts or nipples.

Symptoms and Warning Signs of Breast Cancer
Read about breast cancer symptoms, including a classic breast mass or lump, and what you should do if you experience one or more.

Breast Cancer and Airport Security Screenings
Breast cancer survivors may be wearing or traveling with products that will set off the security screening alarms at airports and at cruise terminals.

Breast Ultrasound Imaging for Breast Abnormalities
A breast ultrasound may be needed if your mammogram shows indistinct masses, or if a lump can be easily felt during a clinical breast exam. In dense breast tissue, a breast ultrasound can image soft tissue and produce a sharp, high-contrast image. This is useful when your doctor needs to distinguish between a fluid-filled cyst or a suspicious mass.

Mother's Day Gifts That Support Breast Cancer Research
Looking for some way to honor your mom or someone who has been like a mother to you, and also want to support research for the cure? Here are some great places to start looking. Find a range of gifts, from a donation that honors your mom to beautiful pink ribbon jewelry.

Worst Gifts for a Breast Cancer Survivor
Take care when buying a gift for a breast cancer survivor; your best intentions may unintentionally make her feel worse.Here are some gifts to avoid.

Which Chemo Drugs Cause Neuropathy?
Read about chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), including which chemo drugs are most likely to cause this sometimes distressing side effect.

When Are You a Breast Cancer Survivor?
It's hard to talk about being a breast cancer survivor when there is still no cure. Many factors influence when patients consider themselves survivors.

When to Have Breast Cancer Reconstruction
When should you have breast reconstruction after mastectomy? Pros and cons of beginning the process before or after radiation and chemo.

What is Medical Menopause From Breast Cancer?
Medical menopause is different than natural and surgical menopause. It may occur during treatment for breast cancer. Learn more about the specifics and causes of medical menopause.

What Is a Radiation Boost For Breast Cancer?
What exactly is a radiation boost after breast cancer, how is it given, what are the side effects, and does it reduce recurrence of improve survival?

What Is a Compression Sleeve?
What is a compression sleeve? and how does it relate to arm lymphedema? Learn more about compression sleeves and arm lymphedema here.

What Does a Family History of Breast Cancer Mean?
If you have a family history of breast cancer, your risk increases to 24% You must balance several factors to assess your own risk and be vigilant.

Inflammatory Breast Cancers, Impostors and Symptoms
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer that is often misdiagnosed as other conditions and is mistreated

Permission To Cope With Breast Cancer Treatment
Dealing with breast cancer treatments is like having a part-time job. It takes a lot out of you, as you cope with side effects, finances, and juggling the rest of your life. In order to cope with breast cancer treatments, sometimes you have to give yourself permission to take a break. Here are several ways you can give yourself permission to rest and cope.

No Evidence of Disease (NED) - Definition and Coping
What does it mean if you are NED - no evidence of disease. Is that the same as a remission or a cure, and what comes next?

Neulasta Use During Breast Cancer Chemotherapy and Side Effects
How is neulasta used during breast cancer chemotherapy, and what are some of its side effects and risks?

Understanding Radiation Therapy Port Films
Learn about what a port film is, including it's purpose during breast radiation therapy, how often it's taken, and whether it affects your total radiation dose.

Surgical Procedure For Nipple Sparing Mastectomy NSM
Nipple delay is a surgical procedure that is part of nipple-sparing mastectomy. It takes place before a mastectomy and reduces the odds of nipple necrosis after breast reconstruction. Nipple delay isn't for everybody, but may benefit some patients. Learn the risks, benefits, and methods for nipple delay procedure.

Understanding Your Mammogram Report
Understanding your mammogram report is important, whether it says “no sign of cancer” or it indicates that changes have occurred which need follow-up. Your mammogram report will have several kinds of information on it, much of it expressed in medical terms. Discuss your results with your doctor to make sure you understand what it means for your breast health.

Understanding Chemosensitivity Testing
Learn about chemosensivity and resistance assays, including how they work, how much they cost, and whether or not this is considered a standard practice.

Triple Mix To Relieve Pain of Mouth Sores After Chemotherapy
Learn about Triple Mix, a cocktail of medications to help alleviate the pain of mucositis, or mouth and throat sores and inflammation, caused by chemotherapy.

Metastatic Breast Cance Statistics and Treatments
Metastatic breast cancer is diagnosed when cells from the original breast tumor have spread beyond your breast to other parts of your body. Dr. William Gradishar, an oncologist at Feinberg School Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, gives some statistics and treatment options for metastatic breast cancer.

Midline Catheter - Breast Cancer Treatments - Midline Catheter
Midline catheters can be used to give chemotherapy for breast cancer treatments. From the outside, these look like PICC Lines, but midline catheters are different. Learn about the uses and maintenance of midline catheters here.

Top 10 Ways To Cope With Hot Flashes with Breast Cancer
How can you cope with hot flashes and sweats during breast cancer therapy, when a lack of estrogen gives you your own private summer?

Benign Breast Infection - Mastitis Description and Treatment
Women who are breastfeeding may experience breast pain and lumpiness -- and feel panic. It may be mastitis, a benign breast infection that is treated with antibiotics and simple home remedies. Read more to learn about mastitis.

Benign Breast Condition Mammary Duct Ectasia
Mammary duct ectasia is a benign breast condition. It occurs most commonly in women who are close to menopause. Milk ducts can dilate (swell) and the walls may thicken, so much so that the flow of fluid is blocked. Nipple discharge can also occur. You can treat this at home, or see a doctor if it persists. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of mammary duct ectasia.

How Tissue Expanders Are Used in Breast Reconstruction
Tissue expanders are used in breast implant reconstruction. Tissue expanders come in a variety of sizes, shapes and textures. Learn more about tissue expanders and breast implant reconstruction after a mastectomy.

Thrombocytopenia – Chemotherapy Side Effect
Chemotherapy for breast cancer affects all the rapidly dividing cells in your body, including bone marrow cells, which make platelets, and red and white blood cells. Thrombocytopenia is defined as having a low platelet count. Learn about symptoms, risks, and treatment for chemo-induced thrombocytopenia.

Connection Between Caffeine and Breast Cancer
Learn about the interesting connection between breast cancer and caffeine, as well as other aspects of a woman's health, and what this means for you.

The Psychological Impact of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
A diagnosis of breast cancer is one of the most devastating things you can hear. Learn what the emotional symptoms may be, and how to get help.

Wigs, Cancer and Summer - Keeping Cool
Chemo for breast cancer can cause hair loss, so you may want to wear a wig. Wigs and hot summer weather don't always go together. If you're trying to cope with cancer, wigs, and summer - here's some tips for you.

Opting Out of Breast Cancer Treatment
Is refusing treatment an option for women with breast cancer? What are the reasons for opting out and what should you consider?

The Chemotherapy Drugs That Cause Hair Loss
Read about chemotherapy-induced hair loss, including which drugs are most and least likely to cause this side effect.

Intraductal Papillomas - Anatomy, Evaluation, and Treatment
What are intraductal papillomas? Do they raise the risk of breast cancer? How are they diagnosed and how can they be treated?

Ten Radiation Treatment Myths, Part 1
Radiation treatments can be life-saving or they can be downright scary. Some patients refuse to have radiation treatments because they cling to certain myths about the health effects. Learn about 10 radiation treatment myths here.

How to Tell Your Boss That You Have Breast Cancer
Talking to your employer after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is difficult. Find tips for handling the situation and important details to discuss.

What is Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Breast Cancer?
Ductal carcinoma breast cancer's definition is a non-invasive form of cancer that has not spread to other tissue areas yet and can be treated early.

Deducting Medical Expenses for Breast Cancer from Your Taxes
High medical expenses for treatments of cancer may be deductible on your taxes. Here is what you need to know to reclaim some of those medical costs.

Is Stress a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer or Recurrence
Does stress cause breast cancer to start? Can it cause recurrences or spread (metastasis?) And most importantly, what can you do about it?

Fundraising for Someone with Breast Cancer
If someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, Here are breast cancer benefit ideas, and how to raise money with a nonprofit to help her.

Stage 2 Breast Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, Survival
Stage 2 breast cancer is an early-stage tumor and should respond well to proper treatment. Learn how that affects your options and survival.

Stage 1 Breast Cancer - Diagnosis, Treatments, Survival
Stage 1 breast cancer is an early stage diagnosis. Understand what this means for your treatment options, survival rate and emotional reaction.

How to Get Free Headgear During Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy for breast cancer can cause hair loss. If it appears that your hair will be taking a break while you're in treatment, get some headgear to top off your wardrobe. You can cover your head with free headgear - here's how to get free wigs, hats, caps, and scarves during chemo for breast cancer. Save money and have fun with colors and styles until your hair comes back, and then donate your headgear for others to enjoy!

Understanding the Connection Between Smoking and Breast Cancer
Learn how smoking may increase a person's risk of developing breast cancer and what this means for you.

Arm Lymphedema - Ball Squeeze Exercise - Arm Lymphedema
Arm lymphedema (swelling) is often a result of lymph nodes removal during breast cancer surgery. Gentle exercise can help reduce swelling caused by lymphedema. Here's how to do the ball squeeze exercise.

Arm Lymphedema - Elbow Extension Exercise - Arm Lymphedema
Arm lymphedema (swelling) often happens after lymph nodes removal during breast cancer surgery. Gentle exercise can help reduce swelling caused by lymphedema. Here's how to do the elbow extension exercise.

Arm Lymphedema - Shoulder Horizontal Adduction - Arm Lymphedema
Arm lymphedema can be reduced or eliminated by doing gentle exercise. Shoulder Horizontal Adduction exercise can help reduce swelling caused by lymphedema. Learn how to do Shoulder Horizontal Adduction exercise here.

Arm Lymphedema - Shoulder Flexion - Arm Lymphedema
Shoulder flexion is a good exercise that can help you recover from arm lymphedema. Gentle exercise with your arm muscles can help reduce swelling caused by excess lymph fluid. Learn how to do the shoulder flexion exercise here.

Arm Lymphedema - Shoulder Abduction - Arm Lymphedema
Shoulder abduction exercise can help you recover from arm lymphedema. Gentle exercise helps move lymph fluid out of your hand and arm and back into your system. Learn about shoulder abduction and arm lymphedema here.

Arm Lymphedema - Pole Walking - Arm Lymphedema
Pole walking, also called Nordic walking, uses your arms, shoulders, upper chest and back muscles. Pole walking uses your shoulders and arms, and is good for arm lymphedema recovery. Learn more about pole walking here.

Arm Lymphedema - Elbow Flexion Exercise - Arm Lymphedema
Arm lymphedema (swelling) may happen after lymph nodes removal during breast cancer surgery. Gentle exercise can help reduce swelling caused by lymphedema. Here's how to do the elbow flexion exercise.

How Surgical Margins Affect Breast Cancer Decisions
Surgical margins are part of your diagnostic workup for breast cancer. The state of your surgical margins, also called tumor margins, affects several treatment decisions: lumpectomy or mastectomy, radiation, chemotherapy. When faced with these decisions, you and your doctor need to know the status of your surgical margins. Learn more about surgical margins here.

How the Actual Size of Your Breast Tumor Is Determined
Your breast tumor size is an important part of your diagnosis, staging, and cancer treatment decisions. Learn more about how it is determined.

How Breast Cancer Spreads
Breast cancer can metastasize, or spread, from your tumor site to other parts of your body. Learn more about how and why this occurs and your risks.

Chill Pillow Reviews - Hot Flash Solutions
The Chillow is a cooling pillow for hot flashes. This article about the Chillow pillow reviews its effectiveness & whether it's a hot flash solution.

Review of Saving Graces by Elizabeth Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards' book, Saving Graces is less of a breast cancer memoir and more of a detailed portrait of the Edwards' family.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer - a Survivor's Story
Sandi Johnson went in for a mammogram and came out with a diagnosis of Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She was swept up in the whirlwind of treatments: chemotherapy, surgery, radiation.

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
What's Your Risk of breast cancer? Factors that you cannot control, and factors that increase your risk, but are under your control

What increases your breast cancer risk, but is under your control?
Know the risk and lifestyle factors that you can control to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Choices you make, as well as physical traits affect your risk of breast cancer. Learn what influences you risk, and take charge of your health. Page 2.

Herceptin Therapy for Breast Cancer
Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a chemotherapy infusion medication approved to treat adjuvant and metastatic breast cancer. Learn about how it works.

Help a Friend as a Chemo Support Buddy
Discover 10 ways to be a great chemo buddy and offer support to a friend or family member during their chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

Having a Mammogram - What You Need to Know
What do you need to know about having a mammogram, from scheduling, to preparing and having it, to getting your results?

Does Eating Grapefruit Raise the Risk of Breast Cancer?
Can grapefruit raise the risk of breast cancer or does it actually help in the fight against it? Learn to make sense of the conflicting headlines.

10 Questions to Ask After Your Breast Biopsy
After a breast biopsy, if cancer is found, you may be overwhelmed. Knowing which questions to ask may help you make good treatment decisions.

Anticancer Alliums, Garlic and Cancer Risk Reduction
Garlic allegedly wards off vampires - which is a good thing - but could it also ward off cancer? It has many natural compounds which are as powerful as its fragrance. Learn more about using garlic ot prevent cancer.

Surgery, Nausea, Vomiting - Breast Cancer Help
Many patients have trouble with nausea and vomiting after surgery. Anesthesia drugs can sometimes cause these side effects, but we want anesthesia so we can sleep through surgery. Asking for pretreatment for nausea and vomiting is key. Learn more about avoiding nausea and vomiting after surgery here.

Free Wigs for Cancer Patients
Cancer treatments are expensive and can cause hair loss.If you need a free wig during cancer treatment, this article provides five places to contact.

Tamoxifen in Pregnancy Safety Concerns
Is Tamoxifen safe to use in pregnancy or could it cause birth defects? Does it work as a form of contraception to prevent pregnancy?

Ports for Chemotherapy and Whether Blood Draws are Possible
Learn about chemotherapy ports, including how they are used, their benefits, and whether or not your clinic can draw your blood tests through them.

How Do I Pay For A Wig During Chemotherapy?
Hair loss is a common chemotherapy side effect. Your health insurance may help cover the cost of a wig, but how do you submit a claim?

Paying for Breast Cancer Treatment
Before you start paying for breast cancer treatment, you need to know the projected cost and how you're going to pay for your treatment. Check out your options here.

Pat and the Bulldozer - A Breast Cancer Survivor Story
Pat is taking care of her husband's kidney inflammation crisis when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Previously told that her lump was

Oncotype DX Test for Early Stage Breast Cancer
Oncotype DX is a diagnostic test that helps you and your oncologist determine which treatment plan will most effectively treat your breast cancer.

Why Some People Have a Third Nipple
Having an extra nipple is fairly common. They develop before you're born, and may even be mistaken for moles or freckles. Learn more here.

Dr. William Gradishar Answers 10 Common Questions About Breast Cancer
Dr. William Gradishar, an oncologist at Feinberg School Medicine, answers 10 common questions about breast cancer.

Social Media and Breast Cancer Support
Social media enables newly diagnosed women and men to connect with survivors who have been successfully treated for breast cancers.

Comparing the cost of Tamoxifen and Arimidex
Tamoxifen and Arimidex are two hormone therapy drugs that are commonly prescribed to prevent recurrence of hormone-sensitive breast cancer.

Unable to Work During Treatment:What Does Your Work Furure Look Like?
I have seen statistics at extreme ends of the spectrum detailing the number of women that return to work after breast cancer.

SAVI Device For Partial Breast Irradiation
Learn about the SAVI breast brachytherapy device for reducing recurrence after a lumpectomy via accelerated partial breast irradiation.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer - a Survivor's Story
Sandi Johnson went in for a mammogram and came out with a diagnosis of Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She was swept up in the whirlwind of treatments: chemotherapy, surgery, radiation.

Benign Breast Conditions That Are Not Breast Cancer
While doing your breast self-exam, you find an irregularity. Is it benign or malignant? Fortunately, most breast lumps and bumps are not cancer. Learn more about when it's not cancer, known as benign breast conditions.

Open Surgical Breast Biopsy - Partial Mastectomy
Surgical breast biopsy takes the largest tissue sample and has the highest accuracy rate of all breast biopsy methods. It will leave an external and internal scar but will give you a clear diagnosis of whether your diagnosis is benign or malignant. Learn more about open surgical breast biopsy.

I Don'tWant To Be Defined By My Breast Cancer
No one wants to be defined by their breast cancer.

Top Ways to Support a Spouse with Breast Cancer
It can be a challenge to know how to help a partner undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Here are some tips for how to get a handle on the situation.

Wand Lift - Exercise for Both Arms
This wand exercise helps with shoulder rotation. After breast surgery, your surgery-side shoulder may feel stiff, so exercise is an important way to increase your flexibility and extend your range of motion. You can use any household object for a wand while doing this exercise. Learn how to do the wand exercise for shoulder rotation here.

Elbow Winging - Shoulder Exercise
Here's a good way to increase the movement in your upper chest and shoulder - elbow winging. This is one of many arm exercises you can do after breast surgery. Do this exercise while lying on your floor or bed. Elbow winging helps with your shoulder rotation and upper chest muscle flexibility. Learn how to do elbow winging.

Chest Stretch - Floor Exercise
Doing the chest stretch can be very relaxing. You can do the chest stretch lying down on the floor or on the bed. The chest stretch helps increase the flexibility of your chest wall muscles. Learn how to do the chest stretch exercise here.

Shoulder Blade Squeeze Exercise
This shoulder blade squeeze exercise is good for your shoulder joint and scapula. You can do this exercise in a standing or seated position. This is one of a dozen arm exercises you can do after breast surgery, to increase your flexibility. Here's how to do the shoulder blade squeeze exercise.

Side Stretches - Seated Exercise - Side Stretches
Stretching gently to your side is a good way to start recovering from breast surgery. Side stretches can be done in a seated position. These will help with trunk, shoulder, and arm flexibility. Learn how to do side stretches here.

Wall Climbing - Standing Exercise - Wall Climbing
Wall climbing is a good way to stretch if you have a frozen shoulder or if you're recovering from breast surgery. Wall climbing makes you use your shoulder and arm muscles. Although it's called wall climbing, you will use your hand - not your foot - to walk up the wall. Learn how to do the wall climbing exercise here.

Corner Push-Ups - Standing Exercise - Corner Push-Ups
Corner push-ups are a great way to stretch your pectoral muscles - major muscles that cross your chest. All you need is a corner of a room and some time to do your corner push-ups. Stretching your pectoral muscles helps you recover from breast surgery. Learn how to do corner push-ups here.

Towel Stretch - Standing Exercise - Towel Stretch
To get your shoulder moving again after breast surgery, try this towel stretch - it works your shoulder joint for internal rotation. The towel stretch is best done while standing. Doing the towel stretch twice a day will improve your shoulder flexibility and range of motion. Learn how to do the towel stretch here.

New Breast Cancer Diagnosis - Before Starting Treatment
Where do you begin when you are faced with a new diagnosis of breast cancer? Check out these thoughts on starting your journey.

Mucositis Prevention and Treatment During Breast Cancer
Chemotherapy induced mucositis is the inflammation of your mucous membranes. It is a complicating issue from breast cancer treatments and chemo

Milk Lines and Breast Development
Milk lines appear in all embryonic mammals as a precursor to the mammary glands. Learn the purpose of milk lines, their role in breast development, and how they might lead to breast cancer.

Saline and Silicone Breast Implants for Mastectomy Reconstruction
What types of implants are available after breast cancer surgery and what are the risks of saline and silicone implants?

Mammogram Views for Routine and Diagnostic Screening
A mammogram is the most important screening tool for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 years old and over have an annual mammogram. What are the most common views taken during a routine mammogram? Why is more than one view needed? How does that compression help with the image? Read more to find out why you have to get squeezed more than once.

Mammogram Guidelines and Your Health
Mammogram guidelines, especially for Medicare patients, have recently changed, affecting screenings for people at risk of developing breast cancer.

Mammograms: whose Getting Them?
Mammograms save lives; how do we reach the numbers of women who are not getting them?

Glutamine And Neuropathy Caused By Chemotherapy
Can glutamine be used to prevent or decrease the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy due to chemotherapy? Is it safe and what dose is used?

Freezing Breast Fibroadenomas with Cryoablation
Read about an alternative and less invasive way to remove a fibroadenoma called cryoablation, including who is a candidate for it and its benefits.

Cancer Antigen 15-3 (CA 15-3) Tumor Marker Values and Meaning
What is cancer antigen 15-3 (CA 15-3), what is it used for, and what are some conditions other than breast cancer that cause abnormal results?

Contura Brachytherapy for Breast Cancer
Learn about Contura breast brachytherapy, including its advantages, disadvantages, and what to expect during placement of it and radiation therapy sessions.

Breast Cancer Surgery Options - Comparison and Additional Procedures
What are the 3 different types of breast cancer surgery, how do they differ, and how can you understand which method is best for you?

Breast Cancer Pain - Symptoms and Statistics
How often is breast cancer painful? What are the chances that I have breast cancer, and what types are common, if I'm experiencing discomfort?

Does Having Breast Pain Increase Breast Cancer Risk?
Does having breast pain increase the risk of breast cancer, or is it a symptom that could mean breast cancer? Learn more about what breast pain can mean.

Can You Afford Breast Cancer Treatment?
According to a recent study, one-quarter of breast cancer survivors are worse off financially four years after their diagnosis.

Don't Go It Alone; Connect with Others on Social Media
No matter your needs or your level of involvement with your own Breast Cancer care, it helps to know that assistance and people who care are just a quick social media outreach away.

Breast Cancer: It's All About Hope
Hope is the engine that drives a cancer patient to undergo difficult treatments that offer the chance of surviving breast cancer.

Emotional Stages During Breast Cancer Diagnosis
How do emotions changes through the stages of breast cancer starting with diagnosis, then going through treatment, and on to survival?

Definition of areola and connection to breast cancer
The definition of areolas is the darker skin area surrounding the nipple on the breast. Discolorations or discomfort can indicate breast cancer.

The Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer Risk
Does alcohol raise the risk of developing breast cancer? Learn how much it takes, how much is safe, and why the relationships is important for your health.

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Book Review: The Cancer That Wouldn't Go Away
The Cancer That Wouldn’t Go Away, is a story about metastatic cancer, with a guide for using the story to help children living with a parent's cancer.

Men Get Breast Cancer Too!
Men need to know they have breast tissue; men need to know they can and do get breast cancer.

Is Your State Preventing Drive-through Mastectomies?
When insurance companies classify mastectomies as outpatient surgeries and limit coverage to 24 hours, they are called Drive-through Mastectomies.

Bring Your Brave Campaign Targets Young Women at Risk for Breast Cancer
The Bring Your Brave Campaign makes young women, ages 18-44, aware of their risk factors for developing breast cancer.

Considering an Alternative or Complementary Therapy?
Some of us are so frightened about the standard care regimens of surgery, chemotherapy, and /or radiation we consider alternative therapies

Is a False Positive Mammogram an Indicator of a Future Breast Cancer?
A recent study indicates that false-positive mammogram test findings may be an indicator of a future breast cancer.

Learn About IBC: A Rare but Aggressive Breast Cancer
Difficult to diagnose, Inflammatory Breast cancer rarely presents with a lump that can be felt in an exam or is visible in a screening mammogram.

Why Mammograms Need to Begin at 40
With one out of six breast cancers occurring in women 40-49 years of age, young women need to start having mammograms at 40 years of age.

Does a Positive Attitude Affect Breast Cancer Survival?
Many people believe that a positive attitude can prolong life for someone living with breast cancer, or any cancer.

Are New Mammogram Guidelines a Step Backwards in Early Detection?
The American Cancer Society new mammography guidelines have raised concerns, and are viewed by many as threatening early detection of breast cancer.

Are There Breast Cancer Risks Linked to Pregnancy or Abortion?
You may have heard having a child after 35 years old increases your breast cancer risk, but what else should you know?

Can Mammography Identify a Woman's Risk for Heart Disease?
A new study indicates that mammography may screen for breast cancer and heart disease risk as well.

1 in 4 Women with a Lumpectomy Will Need a Second Surgery
A recent study finds that 1 in 4 women will need additional surgery after a lumpectomy to get cancer-free margins.

You Will Need to Manage Drains Following Breast Surgery
Having surgical drains following a mastectomy or reconstruction surgery helps rid your wound site of fluids that can cause an infection.

What to Watch for After a Mastectomy or Bilateral Mastectomy
Healing from a mastectomy or bilateral mastectomy requires being watchful about situations that can occur during the recovery process.

What is Caphosol Used for During Chemo Treatment?
Caphosol is a mouth rinse that is used to prevent and treat oral mucositis. This solution combines a phosphate solution with a calcium solution and purified water to form a fluid that is rich in calcium and phosphate ions. Caphosol is not a pain-killer (analgesic) but may reduce pain by softening and cleansing dry mouth tissues. Read more to learn about Caphosol solution.

Image of Breast Calcifications on a Mammogram
Image of breast calcifications as they can appear on a mammogram. They may show up in patterns or as random arrangement​s. They need extra attention. Page 3.

Mammograms and Breast MRI Images Comparison
How does a mammogram and a breast MRI compare? See the difference in detail between these two cancer imaging technologies in this photo. Page 7.

Image of Breast Cancer Tumor on a Mammogram
Breast tumors can show up on a mammogram. See what a malignant breast mass looks like on a scan, aiding in early cancer detection and treatment. Page 5.

Image of Fibrocystic Breast Tissue on a Mammogram
Image of fibrocystic changes on a mammogram. They may include breast fibrosis and cysts that will appear as thickened and and thinned areas. Page 4.

Image of Normal Dense Breast Tissue on a Mammogram
Image of normal dense breast tissue on a mammogram. It may sometimes hide internal features such as cysts and fibroadenomas, requiring adjustments. Page 2.

Image of Normal Fatty Breast Tissue on a Mammogram
Photo of normal fatty breast tissue on a mammogram. It shows up clearly and your radiologist will recognize it and examine the image for any masses.

Mammogram Image of Breast Implant After Mastectomy
What does a silicone breast implant look like on your mammogram? See an image of what it looks like on this important cancer screening procedure. Page 6.

What is Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS) and How is it Treated?
Lobular cancer in situ is not cancer, but it may be an indicator of an increased risk, in the future, for developing an invasive cancer in either breast.

Barriers to Getting a Mammogram When You Use a Wheelchair or a Scooter
There are many barriers to getting a screening mammogram if you use a wheelchair or a scooter because you have a physical disability.

Are Lumpy Breasts A Risk for Breast Cancer?
Lumpy breasts do not increase a woman's chances of getting breast cancer, but do make it more difficult to find breast changes in lumpy breast tissue.

Breast Cancer Treatment Expenses
Dealing with the costs of medical treatments for breast cancer and other cancers.

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Invisible or Black Ink Tattoos in Radiation Therapy?
Tattooing is a necessary part of radiation therapy, but the standard black ink tattoo is a permanent reminder of a woman's breast cancer experience.

Coming Out About Your Breast Cancer
Coming out about your breast cancer and sharing your experience educates, gives hope, and save lives.

Caring for Your Skin and Nails During Chemo
During chemotherapy treatment you need to pay close attention to the look and feel of your skin and nails, reporting all changes to your oncologist.

What to Do and Not Do in Oncology Waiting Areas
Breast cancer treatment waiting areas can be intimidating for new patients and their companions.

Breast Cancer Challenges You; Breast Cancer Changes You
Breast cancer challenges and changes each of us from diagnosis to life as survivors.

Smoking and Drinking: Breast Cancer Risks You Control
While drinking has long been recognized as a risk factor for breast cancer, new studies indicate that smoking is a risk for breast cancer.

Caring for Your Skin During Radiation Treatment
During treatment, radiation therapy may cause skin problems on the breast being radiated that require medical intervention.

Hormone Therapy and Weight Management
Weight management during a 5-year course of treatment on hormone therapy can be a challenge;the answer is not weight loss supplements.

Women with Dense Breasts and Additional Screenings
A National Cancer Institute funded study offers a way of calculating breast cancer risk in women with dense breasts following a negative mammogram.

Why You Need a Dentist Before, During and After Treatment
Breast cancer treatments can cause mouth problems making dental care a must before, during, and after completing treatment.

Breast Cancer: Studies Prove Exercise Makes a Difference
Obesity is a risk factor for an initial diagnosis of breast cancer, and a risk factor for a breast cancer recurrence.

Holiday Memories: Survivor Wreaths of Hope and Friendship
The wreaths never fail to remind me of the hope, friendship, and support we survivors gave and continue to give each other still today.

What Is Metastatic Breast Cancer?
Metastatic breast cancer, also known as Stage IV, is breast cancer that has traveled to distant organs such as the bones, brain, liver or lungs.

Getting through the Holidays While in Treatment
Holidays can be a difficult time physically as well as emotionally and socially when going through breast cancer treatment.

Smoking and Breast Cancer – Evidence That Relates Smoking to Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer. Page 2.

Why are you at Risk of Osteoporosis if you are a Survivor?
There is a link between breast cancer and osteoporosis, possibly putting survivors at greater risk for the disease than those who have not had breast cancer.

The Last Day of Treatment, Time to Reinvent Yourself
After we finish treatment, it is time to reinvent ourselves.

Infection: The Less Mentioned Concern During Chemotherapy
Infection is a real threat during chemotherapy due to your compromised immune system.

Where Do Breast Mets Fit in the Feel Good Campaign of October?
Metastatic breast cancer takes the lives of 40,000+ women each year, yet it gets about 2% of all research dollars raised for breast cancer annually.

Your Wardrobe After Breast Cancer
One breast cancer related problem has to do with our clothing and how it fits during treatment and at the end of active treatment.

How Did October Become Pink
When and why did October become Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how did it become pink?

Breast Cancer in Women 65-85 Years and Beyond
Women 65-85 are the 2nd largest age group of newly diagnosed breast cancers annually.

Things to Do Before Starting Chemo
Getting prepared for chemotherapy will make treatment less physically and emotionally exhausting.

Most Frequently Asked Questions about Reconstruction
Before committing to reconstruction there are questions that every woman needs to have answered.

Unemployed Years After Completing Breast Cancer Treatment
30% of breast cancer survivors are still unemployed years after completing active treatment...why?


Hispanic Business Student Association
Hispanic Business Student Association. Page 5.

Jinna Bowers at Registration Table
Jinna Bowers at Registration Table. Page 3.

Luminaria Walk
Participants walk past luminarias Page 13.

Storm Walk
Storm Walk. Breast Cancer. Page 12.

Sue Biedermann
Sue Biedermann and her doctors. Breast Cancer. Page 10.

Survivor Couple
Survivor Couple. Breast Cancer. Page 9.

Survivors enjoyed a free supper.
Survivors enjoyed a free supper. Page 6.

SGAP Flap - SGAP Breast Reconstruction
The SGAP flap (superior gluteal artery perforator) is a tissue flap procedure that uses fat and skin from your upper buttock to create a new breast mound after a mastectomy. You won't need to have any gluteal muscle cut or moved for a SGAP reconstruction. This is a good option for women who have little tummy fat, but anyone can choose an SGAP procedure.

Breast Biopsy - Purpose, Types, Results
Is a biopsy needed, or an aspiration? Here are descriptions of types of biopsies: fine-needle aspiration, core needle biopsy, stereotactic biopsy, open surgical biopsy. You can understand the results of a biopsy, and how the results affect treatment decisions.

Long Term Care, Alternative Therapies, Quality of Life, Hospice
Being a Cancer Warrior living with cancer as a chronic disease. Learn about alternative therapies, quality of life, end of life issues, and hospice. Read about talking to children about cancer and death.

Overview and definition of Breast Cancer
What is Breast Cancer? How do I do a Breast self-exam (BSE), and observe monthly changes? About benign symptoms, diagnostic tests, and regular checkups. What are the types of Breast Cancer?

Risk Reduction - Top 10 Things You Can Do
Risk Reduction - What things are under your control? Diet, Exercise, Regular Checkups, Breast Self-Exam, Mammogram, Education, Stop Smoking, Drink in Moderation, Know your Family Health History, Avoid HRT if possible.