Category Archive: Survivorship

Coping with neuropathy

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Unfortunately for many of us, neuropathy is a possible side effect of some common breast cancer treatments, including chemotherapy with taxane medicines like paclitaxel (Taxol) and docetaxel (Taxotere). What is Neuropathy? It is experienced as… Continue reading

Friday Round-Up

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading

Friday Round Up

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Time for this week’s round-up of my favourite BC Blog Posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve… Continue reading

A 60 year breast cancer survivor tells her story

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I am blogging from sunny San Diego this week and I came across an article online in the Tennesean newspaper which I  just had to share with you. It tells the story of Evelyn Vaden,… Continue reading

Interview on The Jasmine Show

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On Monday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed on The Jasmine Show on Dublin South FM. The topic was surviving breast cancer with an emphasis on what survivors need emotionally and holistically.… Continue reading

Another day, another study confirms that the story isn’t over when cancer treatment ends

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Researchers in the University of Missouri School of Health Professions have studied the lives of breast cancer patients following chemotherapy and found that their environments and available support systems help determine the quality… Continue reading

Safe to breast-feed after breast cancer treatment

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Women who have survived breast cancer should not be denied the opportunity to breast-feed their children, say researchers who presented the results of a new study at the 35th Congress of the European… Continue reading

Pregnancy does not worsen breast cancer outcomes

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According to the results of a study conducted at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with chemotherapy while pregnant have better disease-free survival (survival without a cancer recurrence or a new cancer) than women who are not pregnant at the time of diagnosis. Overall survival was similar in the two groups of patients.

Reflections on my six year cancerversary

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September 29th 2004. That day is etched on my memory. The butterflies in my stomach, the conflicting emotions, as I waited for my surgery. A week earlier I had been hit by the… Continue reading

Is there a magic five-year cancer cure?

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Continuing with the theme of yesterday’s survivorship post, I want to look at the question today of cancer’s often-talked-of five-year survival rate. When you first come out of treatment, you may count down the… Continue reading