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

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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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Feeling Guilty About Surviving Cancer?

Don't let survivor's guilt overwhelm you. As a long-term survivor, here's how I cope with the loss of friends and fellow patients.

Doctors and researchers meeting.

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.

Worried teenage girl sitting on the floor in her room.

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?

Woman holding her chest in pain.

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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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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Post-Cancer PTSD? Here's How to Cope

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.

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Living With

Why Stretching Is Key After Mastectomy

Get your muscles back in shape after a mastectomy by kicking off your post-surgical exercise plan with these simple stretches.

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Living With

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.

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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.