Phyllis Johnson

Patient Expert

Phyllis Johnson is an inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) survivor diagnosed in 1998. She has written about cancer for HealthCentral since 2007. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the oldest 501(3)(c) organization focused on research for IBC. Phyllis attends conferences such as the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD® Institute. She tweets at @mrsphjohnson.

Latest by Phyllis Johnson

How Rare Is a Rare Cancer and How Best to Diagnose, Treat Them?

All those rare cancers you hear about add up to a surprisingly large percentage of all cancers. A consortium examining one of those, inflammatory breast cancer, looked at how best to approach this rare cancer.

Is This Normal? A Teen Guide to Breast Health

When it comes to our breasts, what’s normal and what is cause for concern? Can teens get breast cancer?

Could My Rash Mean I Have Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

A rash on the breast could spark panic — but this may put your mind at ease.

What Can I Do About My Itchy Breasts?

Could itchy breasts be a symptom of something serious, like breast cancer? Learn more here, and get tips to relieve the itch.

5 Tips for Coping with Medical PTSD After Cancer

If flashbacks, nightmares, or panic attacks are making your cancer treatment and recovery difficult, you don’t need to suffer in silence or try to tough it out.

Why Stretching Is Key After Mastectomy

Learn about different stretches that can help you recover after surgery for breast cancer.

Cancer Survivors: How to Get that Lovin' Feeling Back

Cancer treatment can make sex unappealing or uncomfortable. Dr. Don Dizon has some ideas to help.

10 Great Holiday Gift Ideas For Breast Cancer Patients

Is there a woman with breast cancer on your holiday shopping list? Finding the right gift needn’t be difficult. Ideas include a book or funny movie.

Don't Forget to Thank Those Who Helped You After Cancer

Who helped you through cancer treatment? Have you expressed your appreciation? A simple thank you card and gift card can go a long way.

Thinking of Taking a Health Webinar? Do

Want to take a health webinar to learn more about a topic but not sure how to do so? Here are tips on registering, joining, and evaluating the speaker(s).