Beth Brophy

Patient Expert

Beth wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Breast Cancer.

Latest by Beth Brophy

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Breast Cancer and Yoga

Marcie Pruett, 39, of San Diego, California has been battling breast cancer for the past three years. After two surgeries, two cycles of chemotherapy and radiation, and a course of oral chemotherapy for the past six months, she feels thirty years old...

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Ovarian Cancer -- First Official Recognition of Early Symptoms

NYT: Early Symptoms for Ovarian Cancer Women who have these symptoms for a few weeks–bloating, pelvic pain, difficulty eating, and frequent, urgent need to urinate–should see their doctors and be checked for ovarian cancer. This is the first official ...

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In Sickness and In Health: The Breast Cancer Husband

Author Marc Silver explains the do’s and don’ts for husbands of breast cancer patients. When writer Marc Silver’s wife Marsha was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, he realized he needed help getting his wife through her health crisis. Unfortunate...

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The First 48 Hours: The Ten Most Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Whether it’s your first appointment or you’re seeking a second opinion, here’s what to ask about your biopsy results. Once you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’ll probably meet with a number of cancer specialists – oncological surgeons, plas...

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The First 48 Hours

You’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Now what? Expert Patient Beth Brophy explains what you need to know. If you’ve just learned that you have breast cancer, you may be encountering some of the most anxious moments of your life. Although re...

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The First 48 Hours: Breaking the News to Your Children

It’s one of the first challenges you’ll encounter. Expert Patient Beth Brophy shares tips on talking to your kids about breast cancer. The only thing harder than learning you have cancer is having to tell your kids about it. My daughters were 5 and 8 ...

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Ten Common Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Expert Patient Beth Brophy recounts the tales you’ve heard again and again–and explains the real story. Myth No. 1: Breast cancer is a death sentence. The vast majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer display no signs of the cancer spreading be...

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Flying Without a Safety Net

What if the only thing keeping my breast cancer at bay were the anti-cancer drugs that my doctor told me to stop taking?