There are several types of breast cancer, though some are very rare. The most common form in a woman’s lobules (the part of the breast where milk develops) or in the ducts (the tiny tubes that deliver milk to the nipple). Cancer that remains in its place of origin, either in the ducts or the lobules, is considered “in situ,” or “in place.” Invasive cancer occurs when the malignant cells break through the ducts or lobules and spread to the surrounding breast tissue and/or the lymph system and other parts of the body.
More and more advanced techniques have and are being developed every day to bring hope for a cure to this disease. In past years, a woman would only have a few choices. Now, with the help of her professional care team, treatment can be more specified to the individual. TheBreastCareSite offers information on treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, as well as holistic and artistic healing therapies to help you with your decision process.
After their surgery is complete breast cancer patients face a whole range of new issues. These range from concerns about body image, to post-surgical medical care, to the need for information on products that will help lumpectomy and mastectomy patients achieve a "natural" appearance. The following articles are designed to address many of these issues.
It’s important to start exercising as soon as possible, preferably before or during the course of adjuvant treatment. The sooner you start, the less likely you are to get stuck in the vicious cycle of feeling fatigued, not exercising, feeling more fatigued and even less willing to exercise, and so on. Once you start, you will probably find yourself eager and motivated to continue. Studies found that breast cancer survivors who were instructed to exercise were very motivated to do so and were able to stick with the program.
There's no single definition of "family," but what holds them together is a basic promise to work together through the experiences of this life. Please take some time to explore our collection of articles about families going through the breast cancer experience -- from the point of view of children, parents, and of course, partners. If you have comments about our site, or other tips that we haven't covered, please share them with us.
Breast cancer is no laughing matter. But it could matter if you laugh. Bill Cosby once said “Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”
Women surviving breast cancer can know with comfort - life is what you make it.
Kathy Steligo is a business and health writer who has more than a nodding acquaintance with breast cancer. Diagnosed twice (11 years apart), she has had five biopsies, two lumpectomies, radiation, sentinel node biopsy, genetic counseling, genetic testing, bilateral mastectomies, implant reconstruction, and a second GAP reconstruction.
Kathy writes for numerous publications, websites, physicians, and health organizations, and in the course of a normal day juggles writing assignments, counseling women about their post-mastectomy reconstruction options, and volunteer work.
While researching her book, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook, in 2002, Kathy discovered Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), the only nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Kathy began editing and writing for FORCE, and is now the organization's Editor-at-Large and a featured presenter at the group's annual Joining FORCEs conference. She also maintains http://www.breastrecon.com, providing online information about breast reconstruction.
Email Kathy at email@example.com.