Thursday, July 31, 2014

Phyllis Johnson's Posts

The Wrong Trend: Too Many IBC Patients Not Receiving the Best Treatments

I was stunned to read that death rates from inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) may be rising because some doctors are not following the standard protocol for treatment.   Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive disease.  The survival rate for patients who receive just a mastectomy is so dismal that there was a time when IBC patients... Read moreChevron

Post-Mastectomy Pain: What Should You Do?

I often said the surgery part of my cancer treatment was the easiest.  Not that there were no problems, but there was less pain than I expected and fewer side effects compared to chemo or radiation.  I didn’t know that post-mastectomy pain and complications may come years later.  One study found that up to one-half of... Read moreChevron

Seven Strategies for Avoiding Unemployment After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

In April 1998, I accepted a teaching job with an August start date.  Later that same month I found out that I had inflammatory breast cancer and that I would still be in treatment in August.  From that point until my retirement in 2013, I was balancing health and work considerations.     Other breast cancer survivors have... Read moreChevron

Guide to Summer Clothes After a Mastectomy

Summer is here.  Time to enjoy the pool and tennis, short sleeves and sundresses.  I love summer, but I confess I loved it more before breast cancer.  Finding summer clothes that don’t show my scars and a prosthesis that lets me enjoy summer activities can be a challenge.  Here are some tips that may help you if you have... Read moreChevron

Massage May Help You Cope with Breast Cancer

When I was in chemotherapy, I asked my oncologist whether it would be OK for me to have a massage for relaxation.  He thought it would be fine.  An oncology nurse recommended a massage therapist with a nursing background, and off I went for a massage.     But the massage therapist was reluctant to do a massage on a cancer... Read moreChevron