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COVID-19 and Breast Cancer Care Town Hall
The coronavirus has affected our lives in ways we never imagined. It’s disrupted breast cancer treatment plans, delayed surgeries, changed how doctors see their patients, and so much more. What has...
Megan Roessler, senior designer at Breastcancer.org, collaborates with the marketing team to create and develop digital and print designs to suit the needs of the organization. She is responsible f...
Krystyne Garrison is the digital marketing manager for Breastcancer.org. She is responsible for managing all social media and digital marketing activities, including content ideation, creation, edi...
Maura Wynn is the Rock the Ribbon coordinator at Breastcancer.org. Maura is responsible for managing Breastcancer.org's annual gala event logistics, working as the event committee point person, an...
Using a dilator to improve your sexual health
Christy Greenleaf, diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, shares how using a dilator and seeing a pelvic floor therapist helped to improve her sexual health, and was a “game changer.”
Special Report: COVID-19’s Impact on Breast Cancer Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about every aspect of life, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for breast cancer. People who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer ...
The shock of a breast cancer diagnosis, the disruption of your life, getting through and beyond treatment, the strain of relationships at home and at work, financial stress, and less physical activ...
Weakness is a lack of physical strength. Being weak may affect your balance and your ability to move around. You may feel you have to make more of an effort than usual to move your arms or legs. If...
Vision and Eye Problems
Though not a common side effect, breast cancer treatment may affect your eyes, including your vision.Eye problems may include: red, itchy, or dry eyes watery eyes conjunctivitis (pink eye) bl...
Vaginal dryness can happen after menopause — either natural menopause or early menopause brought on by breast cancer treatment. Estrogen levels drop and the membranes of the vagina get thinner, be...
Taste and Smell Changes
Certain medications can change the way the receptors in your mouth and nose tell your brain what you're tasting or smelling. Some foods may taste bitter, rancid, or metallic. Foods that used to be ...
Swelling, also called edema, happens when fluid builds up in body tissues.Swelling is a common side effect of many breast cancer treatments: surgery chemotherapy: Abraxane (chemical name: albu...
Problems swallowing, also called dysphagia, can make eating an uncomfortable process. During meals, you may experience gagging, choking, coughing, spitting, or pain when trying to swallow. The sens...
A dry scratchiness in your throat and pain when swallowing can make it hard to eat or get a good night's sleep. Usually caused by a cold or the flu, a sore throat also can be a side effect of some ...
During treatment for breast cancer, you may notice that your skin is more or less sensitive to touch than before, especially in the breast area. The increase or decrease in sensitivity is because c...
Seroma (Fluid Build-Up)
A seroma is a build-up of clear bodily fluids in a place on your body where tissue has been removed by surgery.Seromas can happen after the following surgeries to treat breast cancer: lumpectomy ...
A runny nose happens when your body produces too much mucus to clear out viruses, bacteria, or other particles in your nasal passageways. A runny nose is a common side effect of cold viruses as wel...
A rash is a skin reaction that changes your skin's color, appearance, or texture. A rash can appear on just one part of your body or all over it. A rash may be the sign of an allergic reaction or i...
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can be brought on by a traumatic event. PTSD can happen after a life-threatening situation, such as breast cancer diagnosis or canc...
During treatment for breast cancer you may notice some changes in the color or thickness of your fingernails or toenails or changes around the nail bed. Your nails may look bruised — turning black...