Jacki Donaldson

Patient Expert

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

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An Overview of Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms

Jacki Donaldson, a breast cancer survivor, describes what roles screening and diagnostic mammograms play in breast cancer detection and care. Mammograms can be used for both screening and diagnostic purposes. Screening is recommended for all women, b...

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Radiation 101: Your Guide to Radiation

Jacki Donaldson, who has been through radiation for breast cancer treatment, explains what you need to know before, during, and after radiation. When it comes to breast cancer treatment, radiation can seem like a walk in the park compared to major su...

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Chemotherapy 101 Part II: Managing Through Treatment

In Part II, Jacki Donaldson guides you through the process of undergoing chemotherapy, describes typical side effects and offers tips for finding support. Part II: Managing Through Treatment Ready, Set, Go Before each chemo session, a nurse will draw ...

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Chemotherapy 101 Part III: Surviving Chemotherapy

Jacki Donaldson fills you in on what more is in store once you have completed your treatment, including side effects, additional treatments, and common emotional reactions. Part III: Surviving Chemotherapy The Short and Long Of It Short-term side eff...

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Chemotherapy 101 Part I: Preparing for Chemotherapy

Expert patient Jacki Donaldson explains how to prepare for chemotherapy, including obtaining all of the information you need, choosing your drugs, and knowing when to use your instincts. After my breast cancer diagnosis and lumpectomy, I believed tha...