What You May Be Feeling


How to Help a Friend With Breast Cancer

Whether your friend or family member is newly diagnosed or in the midst of treatment, vague offers aren't that helpful. She has enough on her mind; she has cancer. Give breast cancer patients the kind of support they really need.   View slideshow

Cancer? More Exercise, Not Less, May Be Best

In the past, doctors often told cancer patients to take it easy during treatment. Although the appropriate amount of exercise varies from patient to patient, that conventional wisdom is now considered old hat. In fact, new guidelines on cancer and exercise from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) urge cancer patients to be as physically active as possible both during and after their treatment.  Read More


A Breast Cancer Notebook: My Story in Paper and Glue

Victoria Behm, 59, an artist living in New York City, was diagnosed with stage IIa invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer when she was 57 years old. Using her skills as an artist, she created an illustrated notebook of her nine-month journey through breast cancer treatment.   View slideshow


How Blogging Is Good for Your Breasts

Studies show that expressive writing and talk therapy can help women with breast cancer feel better. It follows, then, that the electronic equivalent of such things, i.e., blogging, would also be good for your health.  Read More

Hope Can Help You Cope With Your Breast Cancer

Optimism might make you healthier; it definitely makes you happier
Scientifically, the jury's still out when it comes to the effects of positive thinking on the long-term survival of cancer patients. One study of women with metastatic breast cancer found that those who joined support groups (and were presumably perkier because of it) survived nearly twice as long...  Read More

How to Tell the People in Your Life That You Have Breast Cancer

Keep it simple, and be prepared for questions
Many patients would rather eat their socks than have to tell someone else that they have breast cancer. But saying the words not only helps you adjust to the idea and affirms that you're dealing with it; it also provides those around you with vital information...  Read More


How to Help a Loved One Cope With Breast Cancer

Knowing how to respond to a friend or family member who's been diagnosed with cancer is tough. You want to help, but you don't know how.   View slideshow

Cooking and Caregiving With Rich and Kerry: A Breast Cancer Love Story

A supportive husband wings it with each day’s surprise "ingredients"
Being a caregiver for someone with breast cancer is sort of like having to whip up a decent dinner with whatever happens to be in the fridge. Some days are good days, and the patient finds herself full of energy and feeling like her old self...  Read More


A Delayed Screening, a Breast Cancer Diagnosis, and Membership in a New Club

How one patient caught her very early stage cancer
Maura Fritz, 50, assumed her surgical breast biopsy would find nothing—like the last one—but it turned out she had very early stage cancer. The process of treating it left her with a changed body and a great appreciation for mammograms, Mammotomes, and the other mysterious tools of the breast cancer "club" that now includes her as a member  Read More

Breast Cancer in the Workplace: Your Privacy, Your Appearance, Your Stress

For some women, continuing at their jobs while on treatment is a choice that they're eager to make. For most breast cancer patients, the paycheck makes working a necessity. Either way, you may want to strategize a little bit about how you'll deal with workplace issues that may come up.  Read More

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