Breast Cancer Resources Roundup
In the United States, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. And while it’s rare, an estimated 2,470 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The fact is, nobody is immune from the effects of breast cancer. And even if you’re lucky enough to never experience breast cancer yourself, chances are within your lifetime, you’ll know someone who has.
This selection of articles spans all aspects of breast health and breast cancer care, from the importance of mammograms to precision cancer treatments to actual patient stories. We’re hoping this helps you navigate your journey, no matter what that journey might be.
Breast Cancer Treatment + Patient Stories
A Look at Common and Uncommon Types of Breast Cancer
Did you know there are many different types of breast cancer? From pre-cancerous breast disease to breast cancer in men, different types of cancer impact your treatment options and outcomes. Making sense of the words and terms associated with a cancer diagnosis can help you to be a more informed patient. Here’s a look at the common – and not so common – types of breast cancer. Read the full article.
A Better Way to Breast Cancer Care - Precision Medicine
Precision medicine helps physicians more accurately predict which types of treatments will work for different people, by considering individual genes, environmental and lifestyle differences. This article explains how research co-authored by Northwestern Medicine scientist Massimo Cristofanilli, MD, uses precision medicine to help clinicians choose effective therapies for patients with metastatic breast cancer. Read the full article.
Quick Dose: What Is Inflammatory Breast Cancer?
A Northwestern Medicine physician gives a short overview of inflammatory breast cancer, a rare but aggressive type of cancer. It is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen, red or inflamed, and accounts for one to five percent of all breast cancer cases diagnosed in the United States. Read the full article.
Living Life After Breast Cancer - Your Journey After Treatment
Today, there are more breast cancer survivors in the United States than any other group of cancer survivors: three million, to be exact. This means that breast cancer has probably touched the lives of you or a couple people you know. And it also means that more and more people are benefiting from early detection and advances in treatment. These days, breast cancer survivors often live long, satisfying, happy lives. Here are a few tips for embracing your new normal and inspiring others along the way. Read the full article.
How Exercise Might Improve Memory in Breast Cancer Survivors
A new study from Northwestern Medicine found that physical activity is related to improved subjective memory in breast cancer survivors, who often experience memory problems. Subjective memory is an individual’s perception of memory. Read the full article.
Patient Story: Battling Back to Her Babies - Kathleen’s Treatment Plan
January 19, 2015, was a lot of things for Kathleen. It was her 35th birthday. It was the day she gave birth to twins, Shea and Sean, her "miracle babies,” at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital after years of intense fertility treatments. And it was the day before she learned she had stage 2 breast cancer. January 19 was her highest of highs, before life felt like it was falling apart. Read Kathleen’s story.
Lifelong Breast Health
5 Ways to Navigate Breast Health
Many women might only think about their breast health after hearing news of a breast cancer diagnosis. But the truth is, early detection is key to catching breast cancer or precancerous conditions when they’re most treatable. Here are five things you should know about breast health. Read the full article.
Why Choose 3-D Mammography?
All women should begin yearly mammogram screenings at age 40 and continue for as long as they’re in good health. For some women, certain factors increase the risk for developing breast cancer, and additional screening measures may be necessary. When it comes to mammography options, the choice — and detection — is clear: 3-D mammography improves breast cancer prevention for those who need it most. Read the full article.
How to Give Yourself a Breast Exam - Infographic
You are the best judge of what’s “normal” when it comes to your own body. Monthly breast self-exams can keep you familiar with the look and feel of your breasts, making it easier to identify and share any changes with your primary care provider. This guide explains the best way to give yourself a monthly breast exam. View infographic.
General Cancer Resources
Can Certain Foods Help Fight Cancer?
Foods that may reduce the risk for developing cancer are often referred to as “cancer-fighting foods.” These foods may contain phytochemicals that protect cells against damage from harmful compounds that are produced by the body and can be found in your food and environment. Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital dietitians explain the truth behind these claims. Read the full article.
3 Ways Wellness Can Help You Cope With Cancer
A cancer diagnosis is never easy. Patients, friends and family will react in individual ways and may turn to different sources of comfort and support. Find out how the community of a wellness center can offer structure and support in your journey. Read the full article.
A Guide to Talking to Your Child About Cancer
A cancer diagnosis affects not just the person with the diagnosis, but everyone in that person’s life, including and maybe even especially, children. Talking to kids about cancer is tricky, and it’s normal for every parent to have their own approach. If you’re faced with having to talk to your child about cancer, prepare and practice what you want to say, and adhere to the essential goal of telling the truth in a way your child can understand. Read the full article.
The Best (and Worst) Ways to Support a Friend With Cancer
Finding out a loved one has cancer can be distressing, sad, even devastating. It can leave you wondering what you can do to help. Remember that there’s no rule book when it comes to supporting your friend through cancer. Consider your unique relationship and try to help in ways that your friend will understand and appreciate. Read the full article.