Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to share my story with you. Mammogram, what a pain right? Uncomfortable, inconvenient, embarrassing, expensive; I have heard and used all of these same excuses for years. However, the adjectives that best describe your yearly mammogram are absolutely necessary! I went in for my yearly … Continue reading Firefighter Battles Breast Cancer
The experimental drug, T-DM1, also known as the breast cancer “smart bomb,” is a phrase that’s been on everyone’s lips and search engines since Monday when it was announced as the “miracle drug” breast cancer treatment. Kimberly Blackwell, M.D., an oncologist at Duke University Medical Center and lead investigator of the T-DM1 study, presented her … Continue reading 4 Things to Know About The New Breast Cancer “Smart Bomb”
The Journal of Clinical Oncology published an online article, Feb. 27, looking at a study about “chemo brain”, the name given to the mental fog and related memory problems that can occur during and after chemotherapy. The study looked at women, between ages 50 to 80, who had been treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer … Continue reading What is Chemo Brain?
Surviving breast cancer is worth celebrating! So why not celebrate it with others? Porsche Montgomery, a wardrobe stylist, gave a brief fashion segment, at the Breast Cancer Survivors Tea held at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, on this season’s trends and how to pair them with a variety of clothing pieces. In addition to … Continue reading Words of Wisdom From Breast Cancer Survivors
Happy Anniversary to me — nothing I ever expected to hear in October as I was married in July, recently celebrating 23 years. But October marks a very special anniversary for me — my diagnosis of breast cancer, October 26, 2000. Ironically, six days earlier my 37 year-old self was riding in a pace car … Continue reading An Oncologist Shares Her Breast Cancer Story
The dreaded ‘C’ word—cancer. It’s something you hear about from your friends and family or read about in the paper but never think about it being “your cancer.” There I was, taking care of business like annual physicals and mammograms. There was no history of breast cancer in the family, and I had no high … Continue reading Patient Stories: “My Nurse Navigator Helped Me Understand”
Has a breast self-exam ever been at the top of your to-do list? It’s definitely not on my list, even though my doctor reminds me annually about the exam’s importance. Since there’s no family history of breast cancer, I choose to ignore that well-intended advice. For the many women like me who skip those monthly … Continue reading A New Approach to Monthly Breast Self-Exam
Wear pink! Every October the pink ribbons come out in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer remains to be the most common cancer among women in the US. Thankfully the death rate from the disease continues to drop, and the number of breast cancer survivors is growing. … Continue reading Facts about breast cancer