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How to Transition Back to Work After Treatment

By on September 18th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

If you’re like some of my clients, you may view returning to your career as a welcome vacation from exhausting treatments and doctor’s appointments. However, as you prepare to go back to work, you may also be faced with a whole new set of challenges, including growing feelings of fear, anxiety, and stress. Here are a few ideas to help you through this process:

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Vinnie Myers, 3-D Nipple Tattoo Artist: Frequently Asked Questions

By on September 4th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Editor’s Note: Vinnie Myers is a tattoo artist who specializes in 3-dimensional nipple tattoos for women who have had mastectomy and/or reconstruction — you may have seen some of his blogs right here. I recently spoke with Vinnie to get answers to some of the questions he’s most frequently asked in the comments.
– Caroline Durham, content manager of Breastcancer.org

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Hot Topic: Chilling the Hot Flashes

By on August 22nd, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

I hear the term “excessive heat warning” from our local weathercasters and think they are talking about me. My hot flashes are so intense I can raise the temperature in a room a few degrees simply by standing in it. If you have never experienced a hot flash, think of feeling — without warning — of suddenly standing outside on a blistering summer day dressed …

How Breast Cancer Drugs Are Developed: The Bazedoxifene Story

By on August 13th, 2013 Categories: Research News, Treatment & Side Effects

Many of you may have read a news story about bazedoxifene (BZA), a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator) approved in Europe to treat osteoporosis that has been shown to stop the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells, even in cancers that had become resistant to tamoxifen or the aromatase inhibitors.

Women in this situation are wondering if they can try BZA – either prescribed by …

Embracing the Transformation: Living with Cancer at 36

By on August 8th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

My name is Rabia Gibbs. A few weeks before my 36th birthday I was diagnosed with stage IIb/IIIa, triple-negative breast cancer. In order, my treatment plan entails neoadjuvant chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and then reconstructive surgery. I recently finished chemo (4 sessions of Adriamycin/Cytoxan and 4 sessions of Taxol). In less than a week, I will be undergoing surgery: a modified radical mastectomy on the …

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