Breast cancer is a disease that affects many women. While it is a severe diagnosis, many women have been able to overcome it. These breast cancer survivors share their stories to help others going through the same thing.
Many brave women have overcome breast cancer and shared their stories to help others going through the same thing. The Breast Cancer Journey: From Detection to Treatment is a compilation of these inspiring stories. The book includes stories from survivors who were diagnosed with breast cancer and friends and family members who accompanied them during their diagnosis and treatment. Each story is paired with a photo illustration that will bring the emotions of each person’s experience to life. The stories in the book will provide readers with hope, strength, and a better understanding of what others are going through.
Your Breast Cancer Journey: What to Expect
Although each person’s journey with breast cancer is unique, there are some common steps that most people take. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, you will likely meet with a team of specialists to discuss your treatment options. Once you have decided on a treatment plan, you will begin your journey of regular doctor’s appointments, treatments, and tests. Your treatment plan may include:
Blood tests to check your blood sugar and kidney function.
To make sure you do not have cancer cells in your body, you may need to have a biopsy. A biopsy is a small tissue sample removed through a small cut or scrapes in your skin. The model is then looked at under a microscope to see if there are any cancer cells.
Breast Cancer Treatment: The Basics
Most women with breast cancer will have surgery as part of their treatment. The type of surgery depends on the size and location of the tumor and the stage of cancer. Breast-conserving surgery, also called a lumpectomy, removes the cancerous tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue. A mastectomy removes the entire breast. Some women may also have lymph nodes removed during surgery. Other possible treatments include radiation therapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells, hormone therapy and active surveillance.
What’s the outlook?
The outlook depends on the type of breast cancer a woman has and how far it has spread. It also depends on her overall health at the time of diagnosis.
The Breast Cancer Journey: From Detection to Treatment
The Breast Cancer Journey: From Detection to Treatment is a guide that helps women diagnosed with breast cancer navigate their treatment options. It covers a range of issues, including risk and protective factors, self-care, clinical breast cancer care, survivorship, quality of life, and emotional support.
The guide also includes a Breast Cancer Action Network (BCAN) handbook with resources for:
- Talking to your healthcare team
- Getting the most from clinical trials
- Resources for financial assistance
- Supportive care
The guide is available in English and Spanish.
My Breast Cancer Story: A Survivor’s Perspective
In October 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 37 years old. I had a lumpectomy and six rounds of chemotherapy. I am now cancer-free. I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in October 2008, when I was 37 years old. I had a lumpectomy and six rounds of chemotherapy. I am now cancer-free. But I had to give up my dream job as a lawyer, and I worry that my health problems may prevent me from ever getting back to work.
I recently took the ACS self-assessment test to see how I compare to other cancer survivors. The results were sobering: I have a long way to go before being in good shape.
The Importance of Early Detection in Breast Cancer
The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the chances are for successful treatment. There are many ways to detect breast cancer early, including self-exams, clinical exams, and mammograms. Some people may choose to begin breast cancer screening earlier such as older women.
Why Choose Breast Cancer Self-Care?
Learning self-care approaches that work for you can help reduce your anxiety and boost your overall health and well-being. If your doctor recommends a mammogram, you might find it helpful to try a breast self-exam before or after your appointment to identify any lumps or changes in your breasts.
Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Strategies
There are many things women can do to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Some lifestyle changes that may help include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol intake. Be sure to get your eight hours of sleep every night.
Consider getting a mammogram if you haven’t already. This can detect breast cancer early when it’s more treatable. Take other steps to lower your cancer risk, such as eating healthy and getting regular exercise.
The thing you should keep on your Mind
- What is breast cancer?
- What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
- How is breast cancer diagnosed?
- What are the treatment options for breast cancer?
- What is the prognosis for breast cancer?
- How can I prevent breast cancer?
- What are the risk factors for breast cancer?
There are many different types of breast cancer, but the most common is ductal carcinoma, which starts in the milk ducts. Other types include lobular carcinoma, which begins in the milk lobules, and inflammatory breast cancer, a rare but aggressive form. Treatment for breast cancer depends on the type and stage of the disease but may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.