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From apples to flaxseeds, certain foods work to fight cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 23, 2015 in Nutrition

An apple a day — plus some spinach, a handful of nuts and a helping of flaxseed — may help keep cancer away.

Many foods already associated with a healthy diet could help prevent some types of cancer, says Brooke Schoonenberg, a Woman’s Hospital dietitian who teaches a class called “Cancer Fighting Foods.”

“These foods, of course they have anti-cancer benefits,” Schoonenberg says, “but they’re also heart healthy and they are great for weight management and preventing diabetes. You can’t go wrong with fruits and vegetables.”

Cancer Q&A: Why Do I Have So Many Different Doctors to Treat My Cancer?

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

It’s true that the sheer number of people on a cancer patient’s healthcare team can be overwhelming at times. However, they all play an important role.

What to Expect During a Mammogram

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 20, 2015 in Diagnosis

No matter how painless or quick it is, a cancer screening test is an uneasy experience. Mammograms are no different.

If you’re a woman going in for your first mammogram or if you just have questions about what a mammogram is like, check out the following video from Woman’s radiologist Dr. Marcia Gremillion.

Dr. Gremillion tells us that mammograms are quick, relatively painless procedures that are nothing to be afraid of and can help save women’s lives. Call Woman’s for more information about breast imaging and schedule your annual mammogram today.

How to Do a Breast Self-Exam In the Shower

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 16, 2015 in Diagnosis

You shampoo, you scrub, and you may even sing…but do you self-exam in the shower?

Breast self-exams not only help you find potentially cancerous lumps, but also help you become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts in case anything changes. Check out our Pinterest infographic for a helpful how-to, and if you’re on Pinterest, please repin!

Cancer Q&A: What is a pathology report?

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 15, 2015 in Diagnosis

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

A pathology report describes cells and tissues from a microscopic level to make a diagnosis of a disease. A report will provide a diagnosis based on a tissue sample, most often taken during a biopsy. The diagnosis will reveal if the tumor is benign or malignant and other additional information, such as a stage or grade of a cancer.

Finding a Support Group

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 13, 2015 in Emotions, Support

The following post is written by Robin Maggio, oncology social worker with Woman’s Hospital.

If you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, connecting with others who’ve been through cancer already can be a source of comfort and support. But what is the best way for women to find support to help them cope with their diagnosis?

That answer can be as unique as the person fighting cancer herself. Some women find comfort in talking to large groups. Others find it with one-on-one conversations with close personal friends and family, while others might be more comfortable talking to a stranger or a health professional.

ASK THE DOCTOR: Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Reconstruction

Posted by: Dr. Andrew Freel on Jul 09, 2015 in Surgery

A cosmetic surgeon can perform both breast augmentation and breast reconstructive surgery, but aside from both procedures involving the breast, they are two completely different surgeries in both their operation and goals.

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Women undergo enlargement surgery to improve the appearance of their figures, and they have numerous implant choices available to help them customize the results to their body types and cosmetic desires. Implants come in various sizes, shapes and profiles.

ASK THE DOCTOR: Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy

Posted by: Dr. Michael Hailey on Jul 08, 2015 in Diagnosis, Surgery

As a Breast Cancer Specialist, I often ask patients the following question after they are diagnosed with breast cancer:

“Would you choose lumpectomy or mastectomy if you had to choose today?”

Most answer “mastectomy because I don’t want to worry about this again.” This answer is full of misconceptions – which is the reason why I ask it.

Dealing with Anger and Cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 06, 2015 in Diagnosis, Emotions

The following post is written by the Rev. Lisa A Baumgartner, chaplain at Woman’s Hospital.

Anger is a normal response to many situations. Anger is a part of life.

For those who grieve after receiving a cancer diagnosis, attempting to avoid anger is ineffective. It will come out in other ways and for those of us working on reaching a state of good physical health, stuffing or ignoring our anger can prove detrimental.

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Jul 04, 2015 in Uncategorized
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