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Self-Care for Caregivers

By on November 21st, 2016 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

November is National Family Caregivers Month. We asked authors and experts in the field for their thoughts on ways people taking care of loved ones can also take care of themselves.
Here’s what they had to say:

Tamara Shulman, Ph.D., F.A.A.C.P., clinical psychologist

“When you are wrapped up in caregiving, it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. Even if you can only …

Life as a Male With a BRCA Mutation

By on November 10th, 2016 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis

We have heard so much about BRCA since the coming-out party of Angelina Jolie in 2012.

Prior to Angelina putting the BRCA mutation on the general public’s map, the only people who understood anything about it were the patients, their families, and some medical professionals. I say “some” because my journey as a BRCA2-positive male has proven to me that many doctors had no …

Responding to Questions and Comments About Breast Cancer

By on October 27th, 2016 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Your own head is spinning with a breast cancer diagnosis and you have doctors to see, procedures to endure, and decisions to make about your treatment. You may have worries about how you’ll manage your family, your career, and all the responsibilities of your life. You need to find ways to tell your family, your loved ones, possibly children, and close friends. The last thing …

What My Patients Are Asking: Can the Type of Anesthesia I Get Affect My Risk of Recurrence?

By on October 18th, 2016 Categories: Research News

Surgery is almost always part of the treatment plan for early-stage breast cancer. Whether the surgery is mastectomy or lumpectomy depends on a number of factors, including the characteristics of the cancer, a woman’s medical history, and her personal preferences.

Patients have asked me about any links between the type of anesthesia used during breast cancer surgery.

I searched the National Library of Medicine database

Absolutely Sweet Marie

By on October 10th, 2016 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I wore red cowboy boots and a Pabst Blue Ribbon bowling shirt to my friend Marie’s memorial service. Another friend wore a thrift store skirt with cat faces printed all over it. Another wore a Twangfest music festival t-shirt.

It was fitting, not flip. Marie had given me the PBR shirt. At one point we had bonded over our hatred of beers “with too much …

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