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Cancer Q&A: Yoga and Cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Oct 22, 2014 in Support, Treatment

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

QUESTION: Are there any known benefits to yoga for cancer survivors?

Cancer Q&A with Darla Zachary Sims

cs_darlaDarla Zachary Sims, 46. Woman’s Hospital analyst. Married, 2 children.

Cancer Q&A Ming-Jean Tang

cs_mingjeanMing-Jean Tang, 54. Valet Grocery, Single.

Cancer Q&A: Breast Cancer Screening

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Oct 15, 2014 in Diagnosis

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

Question: What is a breast cancer screening?

Answer: The two most common types of breast cancer screenings are clinical breast exams (CBE) and mammograms. Other tests, such as MRI, might be used in screening high-risk individuals, but this is not common. CBE’s are generally performed on women of all ages every one to three years during regular doctor’s visits. During a CBE, a health care provider will inspect the breasts, underarms, and collarbone area. The doctor is looking for:

  • Differences in size or shape between the breasts,
  • A rash, dimpling, or other abnormal signs in the skin,
  • Fluid from the nipple,
  • Lumps, pea-sized or larger, or
  • Enlarged lymph nodes near the breast.

A screening mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is performed to check the breasts for cancer even if a person does not present with any symptoms or lumps. This is because sometimes cancer cannot be felt in the breast. The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends mammograms for women ages 50-74 every one to two years. Women who are at higher than average risk of breast cancer, because of a family history of the disease or because they carry a known genetic mutation such as the BRCA1 or the BRCA2 gene, should talk with their health care providers about whether to have mammograms before age 50 and how often to have them.

There is debate about exactly how often women should be screened, with some groups recommending mammograms start as early as 40. The most important thing to do is to discuss your risk factors and personal health with your doctor to arrange a schedule that is comfortable for both of you.

For more information contact Courtney Britton, librarian at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 927-2273, cbritton@cancerservices.org , or visit the Education Center at 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.

Cancer Q&A with Jacqueline Juneau Milazzo

cs_jackieJacqueline Juneau Milazzo, 49. Woman’s Hospital, Registered Nurse. Married, 3 teenaged children.

Woman’s Busts Out to Beat Breast Cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Oct 09, 2014 in Diagnosis, Support

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Woman’s Hospital is bustin’ out with some edgy bra art for its annual BUST Breast Cancer: Bra Art Fundraiser!

Join the fun on Sunday, October 12, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Renaissance Hotel as survivors strut their stuff and walk the runway in bras designed by local artists.

More than 30 artists designed bras to be modeled in the fashion show, and these one-of-a-kind works of art will be included in the silent auction along with products and services donated by local businesses.

Cancer Q&A with Beth Morris

cs_bethBeth Morris, 51 at diagnosis. Retired mortgage underwriter. Married, one child.

Women Living with Cancer Series Concludes at Woman’s Center for Wellness

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Your doctor answers all your questions about your cancer diagnosis and treatment, but what about the other questions you have regarding cancer?

Whether it’s a question regarding finances, nutrition, legal affairs or talking to your family, Woman’s Hospital’s Women Living with Cancer will help you to answer all your cancer questions.

De-stress with a Few Simple Tips to Follow

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Oct 01, 2014 in Emotions

The following post was written by wellness educators with Woman’s Hospital.

“Stress is not what happens to us.  It’s our response to what happens.”

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are accustomed to.  (Not all stress is bad or unavoidable.)  In any case, your body typically responds to stress as if you were in danger.  Your heart rate may increase, you may breathe faster and you may get a blast of energy.

It can be helpful if it assists you to get through a project quickly or react in a dangerous situation.  But if stress happens too frequently or lasts too long, and you are unable to cope with it effectively, unwanted health or psychological effects can occur. 

Jane’s Ovarian Cancer Survival Story

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Sep 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Living with Cancer will feature posts centered on ovarian cancer and women’s experiences with it.

The following post was written by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for its cancer blog.

Jane McGrath had been living in London for a few months back in 2002 with her four-year-old son and her husband, Doug, who was directing a movie, when she started feeling bloated. The bloating became so noticeable that two people asked her whether she was pregnant. Around this time, she also developed a backache that she blamed on an unfamiliar mattress.

“I was very lethargic and couldn’t muster up the enthusiasm to do much,” recalls Jane. “It was unlike me.”

Soon after returning home to New York City, Jane’s family was on vacation when her niece playfully jumped into her lap. After she “spent the better part of the day reeling from the pain,” Jane realized she needed to see a doctor right away.

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