If you've had breast cancer its likely that down the road, someone facing the diagnosis will ask you for advice. Its only kind to share your experience. However you don't want to set wrong expectations, add confusion, or share fear instead of hope. There's a right way to share and a wrong way to share. Here are some points to keep in mind when sharing your story. 1) Your journey is exactly that- it "your" journey Each breast cancer is different and treatments depend on not o
Recent updates from the AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research) suggest that even one drinking one drink a day can increase your risk of developing breast cancer compared to a woman who doesn't drink alcohol at all. The more you drink , the higher your chances of developing breast cancer. A lot of women struggle putting these studies in context. "Are you saying if I won't drink, I won't get breast cancer?" or "She didn't drink- why then did she develop breast cancer?"
The days of wait between biopsy to surgery can be frustrating. Use this time to prepare yourself for the surgery. If you have been on chemotherapy before surgery, use the days after your last chemo to recharge yourself for the next step. Taking Care Of Your Body Diet: Avoid going on a new fad diet just because you have been diagnosed with cancer. There are no particular food restrictions prior to surgery. Maintain a good intake of protein- Milk, egg, meat and pulses are good
Here's a typical story of metastatic disease. A woman gets diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Investigations reveal that the tumor has spread to multiple organs. The oncologists start treatment. The tumor responds. Then it stops responding. Treatments get changed. The oncologists get changed. Opinions come in from well wishers in different corners of the world. The patients and families go from one doctor to another and from chemotherapy to homeopathy, hoping something "
A cancer patient hears a lot of “Everything’s going to be fine…don’t worry” The reaction is a reflex. "Don't worry" is intentioned to bring hope and comfort to the patient. However it probably lowers the comforter's anxiety more than it does the patient's. The latter is probably thinking ”I have cancer, how can I not worry? Do you not get it?” If the word cancer doesn’t bring worry, you're probably still in denial. Every cancer patient will have worries. The immediate worr
Social media platforms are a great way to improve health awareness. However most circulating messages and emails, contain information that has not been reviewed by reliable sources. Often search engines direct surfers to blogs and patient forums that are simply personal anecdotes and often misguiding. I caution patients against making any health related decisions based on such information. It can be life-threatening to be misled. Be Breast-Aware but also Beware of myths. H
There’s an expected a sense of relief after completion of cancer treatments. You’ve fought and you’ve endured. It’s been a few months of intense physical and emotional exercise. One would hope for a celebration that says, “You did it… you’re cured.” Unfortunately that’s almost never the case. A gnawing question lingers at the back of almost every cancer patients mind, “What if it comes back?” Fear of recurrence is not unfounded…its real. “Is it really gone?” “Will it come bac
Genetic Testing for breast cancer in India was heretofore limited the high cost of patented tests, need to ship samples overseas and social stigma towards genetic disease. Recent emergence of new technology such as next generation sequencing and local presence of genetic labs has brought down costs considerably. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie’s story in the media brought a lot of public interest and debate to the topic. Patient interest in the topic is higher than it has b