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Book Giveaway Contest: Writing About Feelings Through Story

By on September 23rd, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Editor’s note: is hosting a writing contest! Author and four-time breast cancer survivor Pamela Post-Ferrante is generously giving away three copies of her book Writing & Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors to three contest participants. No writing experience is necessary to enter. Pamela will review all submissions; winners will be announced in November.

Simply complete the writing exercise below, and send your …

Reader Q&A: No Libido Treatment Studies on Breast Cancer Patients?

By on September 18th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

For this month’s column we wanted to address some important questions from readers. With the approval of flibanserin (brand name: Addyi), many questions have arisen concerning sexuality research, sexual desire, and cancer treatment. In addition, some women are asking about sexual desire after breast cancer treatment and possible time to resolution of symptoms.

Why have there not been studies done on breast cancer patients to

Flibanserin for Low Desire Has Been FDA-Approved for Premenopausal Women

By on August 19th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved flibanserin: the first and only medication for the treatment of distressing low desire or Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.

What is HSDD?

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a medical condition recognized since 1977. It’s the most common form of female sexual dysfunction. HSDD is defined as the persistent loss …

Breast Reconstruction Q&A with Scott Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.S.: Implant vs. Using Your Own Tissue

By on August 13th, 2015 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

Welcome to our breast reconstruction Q&A blog series with Scott Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.S. of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans, LA. In this installment, Dr. Sullivan compares implant reconstruction with reconstruction using your own tissues (flap reconstruction).

Read Dr. Sullivan’s Q&A on Flap Reconstruction.

Read Dr. Sullivan’s Q&A on Implant Reconstruction.


How do you know whether implant reconstruction is

Goal!! Telling My 10-Year-Old About My Diagnosis

By on July 22nd, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

The stunning victory by the US Women’s Soccer team reminded me of my 11-year-old daughter’s last game of the 2015 spring season. Julie had two assists, contributing to her team’s 6-1 win and ending an otherwise abysmal season (2-5-1) on a high note. The Leprechauns (so named for their bright green jerseys) finally gelled, celebrating their triumph with a Carli Lloyd-inspired group hug.

Julie played …

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