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Who's On Your Breast Cancer Care Team?

Get a quick introduction to all the different specialists you might meet as part of your breast cancer care team.

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Chemotherapy: Testing Helps, But It's Still a Tough Decision

When a woman is diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, whether or not to undergo chemotherapy can be a very difficult decision. Genomic testing (mapping the activity of genes in a cancer tumor) can help make the decision-process easier by revealin...

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Should You Get Palliative Care with Cancer?

If your cancer has turned into a long, hard struggle, palliative care can make you more comfortable while you continue treatment. Here's how it can help.

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Forever Can Change: 10 Cancer Side Effects That Won't Last

Side effects from breast cancer treatment can be brutal. And when you’re in the midst of chemo, radiation, or drug therapy, it’s easy to think the nightmare is never going to end. But take heart as the majority of treatment side effects will disappea...

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Six Steps to Finding a Clinical Trial

How do your doctors make decisions about your treatment plan? In large part, information from clinical trials tells them the best medicine and dosage for you. My oncologist and I read the results of clinical trials in order to decide on an aggressive ...

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Immunotherapy: the New Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is devastating. Perhaps the most dreaded part of breast cancer treatment, chemo is marked by hair loss, chronic fatigue, debilitating sickness, mental issues, and often permanent side effects. Aside from death, it’s probably the breast c...

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Chemotherapy's Devastating Hidden Side Effects

Breast cancer survivors talk about the chemo side effect that you don’t always hear about - and certainly don’t expect to have years after chemo is done.

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What to Do When You Disagree with Your Doctor

You find a lump in your breast. You’re concerned, so you call the doctor. Your doctor examines you and tells you it’s probably nothing to worry about, but you’re still worried. What do you do?

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Fear: Strictly Optional With Breast Cancer

Next time you’re confronted with a cancer-connected fear — a breast lump, pain, overwhelming terror of a recurrence — remember that fear confronted is fear defused.