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Phyllis Johnson

Patient Advocate

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

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Symptoms

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?

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Symptoms

Help! 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.

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Living With

Cancer Survivors: Get that Lovin' Feeling

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

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Family Health

Telling Family About Metastatic Breast Cancer

Before you break the news of metastatic breast cancer to your family, think about what you'll say and tailor the amount of information according to their age.

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Diagnosis

Are Rare Cancers Really that Rare?

More people than you think are diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Here's how we can get better and diagnosing and treating rare cancers.

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Symptoms

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.

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Relationships

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.

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Treatment

To All Who Helped Along Your Cancer Journey

A simple thank you card and gift can go a long way to showing your appreciation for the family, friends, and doctors who helped you on your cancer journey.

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Diagnosis

Fighting Inflammatory Breast Cancer Needs More Than One Approach

Raising awareness, and finding a cure, for inflammatory breast cancer will take work. A consortium plans to tackle the IBC issue from multiple perspectives.

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Advanced Stages

When to Explain Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

You don't have to tell everyone about your metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, but if you do, here's how you can make the process as easy as possible.