Exercise can relieve depression post-breast cancer

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Back again to the theme of exercise and breast cancer. This time the research focuses on exercise as a tool to battle the symptoms of depression and anxiety which may be attendant to… Continue reading

Sheryl Crow speaks of her breast cancer experience

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Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. In this video clip from 2007, she talks about her fight against the disease, her involvment with the National Breast Cancer Coalition, her… Continue reading

BreastCheck delayed in three counties

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Again and again, I made aware of how lucky I was to be living in the catchment area of a specialist breast cancer unit, when I received my treatment for breast cancer. Isn’t… Continue reading

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