Category Archive: Psychological impact of cancer

Breast cancer and body image

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Of course we know that we are much much more than our bodies, but in this perfect-body image obsessed world, our scars and so-called  “imperfections” are often hidden and the world misses an… Continue reading

Survivor loneliness

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I have written before of a certain  unique description of loneliness experienced by breast cancer survivors that has been termed survivor loneliness, which can go hand in hand with depression during and after treatment. In today’s Irish Times,… Continue reading

The story doesn’t end here…

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I am returning to this question again of what happens to us once treatment ends, as it is one that fascinates me and I never tire of hearing how others experience not just… Continue reading

Casting for Recovery

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I have read about Casting for Recovery, fly-fishing retreats for women who’ve been through breast cancer before, so am delighted to learn that last month they had their first retreat in the Republic… Continue reading

Looking for the positives in cancer

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Can there be a positive side amidst the panic, anxiety and hopeless feelings that often accompany the word cancer? The answer is yes according to Dr. Patricia Mumby, associate professor Loyola University Chicago… Continue reading

A sister’s loving tribute

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I came across the website of the Warwick Foundation today and was moved to tears by the way  its founder Samantha Lehmann writes of the death of her brother from cancer. She has created… Continue reading

Breast reconstruction options

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I wrote a piece last month on reconstructive breast surgery and specifically the lack of options presented to women by their surgeons. This piece was prompted by an article which appeared last December in the New… Continue reading

Reclaiming intimacy after cancer

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A few days ago I wrote a piece on dating after cancer, which touched on the issues of body image and intimacy. Now experts at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer… Continue reading

Fertility concerns of young women with breast cancer

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“A Web-based Survey of Fertility Issues in Young Women with Breast Cancer” is the title of a 2004 study, admittedly nearly 5 years old, but I know still as relevant today to younger women… Continue reading

Link between cancer and depression

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Interesting article in ScienceNow magazine on the link between cancer and depression. Jennifer Couzin-Frankel writes:  ” It’s no surprise that a life-threatening disease such as cancer can make you depressed. But what if… Continue reading