Blessing

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For all those who asked me to reprint the John O’Donoghue poem, Blessing, read by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the spiritual care conference: Beannacht (“Blessing”)   On the day when the weight deadens on… Continue reading

Finding the blessing

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I often check the WordPress dashboard of this blog to see what search terms people are using when they stumble upon Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer. I am interested to note a number of… Continue reading

Mindfulness helps to deal with post treatment phase

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Returning again to the theme of mindfulness, I came across the following study of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for survivors of breast cancer. Research has shown that in the post treatment phase of recovery, breast… Continue reading

Inflammatory breast cancer

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The drug lapatinib could be used to treat aggressive inflammatory breast cancer suggest the findings of a recent study. For patients resistant to conventional anthracycline or taxane and trastuzumab, treatment options are limited. Lapatinib inhibits… Continue reading

Making health information crystal clear

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 Health literacy – a person’s ability to read and understand basic health information – is an important issue that is frequently overlooked. Health literacy means more than just reading information as it involves… Continue reading

Lymphdoema

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In older breast cancer survivors, the number of lymph nodes removed during surgery and the presence of cancer in the lymph nodes were the two factors most directly linked to the development of… Continue reading

BREAST FEST

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BREAST FEST is the world’s first film festival dedicated to breast cancer awareness. This annual festival includes short films, documentaries, animation, dramatic features and experimental works which span the emotional spectrum. Through the… Continue reading

Help with breast self-examination

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We know that early detection is an important factor in the success of breast cancer treatment. While some studies have shown that breast self-exam does not reduce the number of deaths from breast… Continue reading

After treatment ends, real healing begins

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I have written many times of my belief that the real healing work of cancer begins after treatment ends. Cancer strikes a severe blow at our sense of self and our sense of… Continue reading

Mother-daughter breast density study

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A unique mother-daughter study that used magnetic resonance to measure breast density in younger women shows that percent of breast water could be linked to the risk of breast cancer in middle age and… Continue reading