Updates to The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer

Here you’ll find useful information that complements the book.

Diagnosis

3D mammogram: Who needs one, what to expect, and risks

3D mammogram: Who needs one, what to expect, and risks

A 3D mammogram helps doctors screen thoroughly for breast cancer, including in people with no noticeable signs or symptoms of the disease. This technique may be particularly important for certain individuals, such as those with dense breast tissue. Source: 3D...

6 Overlooked Signs of Breast Cancer

6 Overlooked Signs of Breast Cancer

Everyone talks about the importance of catching breast lumps as early as possible. But did you know there’s a host of lesser known breast cancer symptoms that might not show up on a self-exam or mammogram? Source: Bezzy BC

Surgery

Sensation-Preserving Mastectomy

Sensation-Preserving Mastectomy

Traditional mastectomy surgeries can cause full loss of sensation and feeling in the chest area. Doctors Anne and Ziv Peled are working to change that through nerve-preserving mastectomies. Source: Sensation-Preserving Mastectomy| Everyday Health

Chemotherapy

Chemo pump: Definition and how they work

Chemo pump: Definition and how they work

A chemotherapy pump is a device that dispenses chemotherapy drugs at a slow, controlled rate into the body. Portable versions of these devices can allow a person to receive chemo in the comfort of their home.  

Chemo pump: Definition and how they work

Learn How Chemotherapy Works

Chemotherapy is a common breast cancer treatment that uses medicines to stop or slow the growth of breast cancer cells.  

30 Memes That Describe What ‘Chemo Brain’ Feels Like 

30 Memes That Describe What ‘Chemo Brain’ Feels Like 

One of the most common side effects is “chemo brain,” a type of mental fog that causes memory loss, trouble concentrating and difficulty doing several things at once. Source: 30 Memes That Describe What ‘Chemo Brain’ Feels Like | The Mighty

Radiation

6 Long-Term Radiation Side Effects You Should Know

6 Long-Term Radiation Side Effects You Should Know

If your doctor recommends radiation, there is a chance you will experience both short-term and long-term side effects, as with any treatment. Source: 6 Long-Term Radiation Side Effects You Should Know - The Breast Cancer Site News

Do mammograms cause cancer?

Do mammograms cause cancer?

Exposure to radiation can increase the risk of developing cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) notes that radiation exposure is a potential risk associated with mammograms. The risk is greatest when a person experiences exposure to repeated chest X-rays....

Lifestyle Issues

Late Effects of Cancer Treatment

Late Effects of Cancer Treatment

Some cancer treatments can cause problems that may not show up for months or years after treatment. This page explains specific late effects that may occur after cancer treatment and suggests ways to manage them. Source: Coping – Late Effects - National Cancer...

The Anti-Cancer Diet: Foods to Fight Cancer 

The Anti-Cancer Diet: Foods to Fight Cancer 

An anti-cancer diet is an important strategy you can use to reduce your risk of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends, for example, that you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and eat the right amount of food to stay at a healthy...

Other New Research

Cancer drivers are NOT found in DNA 

Cancer drivers are NOT found in DNA 

Two new studies have revealed that not only are there no newly-developed 'mutations' in DNA causing cancer formation; but also where there is an inherited mutation, it does not reduce cancer survival times; if anything people with an inherited mutation survive longer!...

Why is there an increase in cancer diagnoses?

Why is there an increase in cancer diagnoses?

Cancer diagnoses appear to be on the rise worldwide, but what might explain this apparent increase? We investigate, with input from experts. Source: Why is there an increase in cancer diagnoses?

Chemoprevention for Early Breast Cancer 

Chemoprevention for Early Breast Cancer 

Even though preventive chemotherapy is effective for breast cancer, uptake of these medications is low among women who have a high risk of developing breast cancer or who have benign lesions, such as atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), atypical lobular hyperplasia...

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