How cancer survivors provide support on the internet

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Many cancer survivors use the Internet to seek informational and emotional support. I can testify to the crucial role that the Internet played as a health resource when undergoing my treatment for breast cancer and… Continue reading

Hot flushes cause daily problems for postmenopausal breast cancer survivors

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Hot flushes are a continuing problem for women long after completing breast cancer treatment, causing distress, disrupted sleep and interference in their daily lives, reports a UK team of researchers. Many treatments for… Continue reading

Luisne Centre: Healing Retreats

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Last December, I spent a wonderful day at Luisne, Retreat Centre, in Co Wicklow.  I attended a mindfulness workshop given by a lady called Anne Twohig. If you ever get the chance to… Continue reading

The Mammalogues: One Survivor’s Story

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                            Breast cancer survivor Gene Glave stars in her original comedic retrospective about her diagnosis and recovery. This is just a few scenes from it. She says she hopes other people will see… Continue reading

Mind, Body, Spirit Festival

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The International Mind, Body, Spirit Festival takes place in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin this weekend. Visitors can find out about a range of complementary approaches to health and wellbeing as well as sampling… Continue reading

Herbal remedies

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I have written before that I believe that herbal remedies may have a role to play in maintaining health after cancer treatment. I have found it very effective in treating certain medical conditions I… Continue reading

Women with breast cancer gene choosing preventive mastectomy

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Women who know they carry a gene that puts them at higher risk of breast cancer tend to opt for preventive mastectomy, a new study concludes. Several type of risk management strategies are… Continue reading

Exercise and losing weight can cut risk of cancer recurrence

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Breast cancer survivors whose bodies make the least estrogen have the lowest chance of breast cancer recurrence, a long-term study shows. Estrogen levels — measured soon after initial breast cancer treatment — were… Continue reading

Patients’ fear should be strongly considered when counseling women at high risk for breast cancer

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Women at increased risk for breast cancer because of the genetic BRCA mutations are more likely to think a prophylactic mastectomy is the best way to reduce their risk for the disease, compared… Continue reading

Stem cells may repair breast cancer damage

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From today’s Observer Newspaper A remarkable reconstruction technique is being trialled by British surgeons, who are harvesting stem-cell-enriched fat from women’s bodies to plug the dip often left by breast cancer operations. The… Continue reading