Eating the right foods should also include eating them safely. Why? Radiation and chemotherapy can weaken your immune system, causing neutropenia — a depletion of the blood cells that protect your body against germs and diseases. In fact, statistics show that cancer patients are more at risk of dying from a food-borne illness than people with healthy immune systems, which is why it’s so important … [Read more...] about Eating Safely During Breast Cancer Treatment
To have a nipple re-created is a highly personal and individual choice. Some women who have lost their breast(s) and had subsequent reconstruction may not want any additional surgery and may opt to go without a nipple and areola (the small circular area surrounding the nipple). Others will want to give the breast a more “complete” or realistic look to draw attention away from the scars, … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Replace Nipples After Breast Cancer Surgery
“As women begin treatments, they know that there will be changes. Intellectually, it registers,” says Louanne Roark, the executive director of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation, which helps cancer patients deal with treatment appearance side effects. But it’s often not until they actually begin to see these changes — hair in the shower drain, looking in the mirror and feeling like it’s not them … [Read more...] about Is There Beauty During Breast Cancer Treatment?
Although it’s temporary, losing your hair can make cancer seem more real to you and more obvious to those around you, and can cause depression and a loss of self-esteem. Research shows that 47 percent of women feel that hair loss is the most disturbing aspect of chemotherapy, and an estimated 10 to 15 percent of patients even refuse chemotherapy because they don’t want to lose their hair. Read … [Read more...] about Scalp Cooling Caps Can Minimize Hair Loss During Chemotherapy
Today, Pink Perfect, whose motto is “Feel Complete Again,” has sold well over 1,000 nipples, both locally and globally, and is spreading happiness to many other breast cancer survivors across the globe. In addition to her office in Israel, where she lives, Kolath-Arbel recently opened a warehouse in New Jersey. The ready-made prosthetic nipples, which attach with a gentle waterproof adhesive … [Read more...] about Realistic Nipples for Breast Cancer Survivors
No matter if you know the person intimately or they’re a passing acquaintance, it can be challenging to know how to handle the situation. Even I, a breast cancer survivor, have to pause and consider what to do and what to say to another to convey understanding and support. But I can tell you this: everyone faced with a cancer diagnosis — and 39.6 percent of Americans will be at some time in … [Read more...] about 9 Ways to Help a Friend With Cancer