Five Things Friday: Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?

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In this time of COVID-19, we are hearing a lot about clinical trials and their role in helping to develop a vaccine. Clinical trials are part of the process for finding and implementing safe and effective treatments for a whole range of diseases – including breast cancer. If you are facing or fighting breast cancer, […]

Five Things Friday: Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

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Obviously, there are many more than five side effects from breast cancer treatment and many are well known, even to people not affected by the disease. Hair loss and nausea are probably the most common indications that someone is going through chemotherapy. Radiation can cause pain, fatigue, and changes to your skin. Some side effects […]

Five Things Friday: Your Breast Cancer Team

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Treating breast cancer in the 21st Century is like going to war. It takes an army of specialists (teams within teams) to contain it, control it, defeat it, and aid in your recovery. The more we learn about breast cancer, the more specialists arise and bring their expertise to the fight. Here are, not five […]

Five Things Friday: Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

When it comes to breast cancer, gone doesn’t mean forgotten. Studies show that at least half of all breast cancer survivors fear that the cancer will return. In some survivors, the fear can be overwhelming. It is understandable to be anxious about a disease that disrupts your life for many months. All that uncertainty, stress, […]

Five Things Friday: Power in the Pages of Five Books on Breast Cancer

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Power in the Pages Breast cancer is one of the most studied diseases in history. The internet is brimming with facts, figures, and information, ranging from inspirational personal stories to highly technical scientific papers. No matter what your level of interest, the material is there for reading or watching. Some people find the virtual world […]

Five Things Friday: Black Lives Matter. Black Breasts Matter, Too!


Women and men of color are standing up against violence, social and economic disparity, and unequal treatment under the law. But breast cancer is also a real and persistent threat to the black community. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in African American women. The five-year survival rate for white women with breast cancer […]

Five Things Friday: Facts about Breast Cancer and Eating

Like many human connections, the relationship between food, drink, and breast cancer is… well… let’s just say it’s “complicated.” In general, foods associated with fighting or recovering from breast cancer are the foods we should all be eating for a healthy and happy life. But, current studies on nutrition and cancer are turning some long-held […]

Five Things Friday – Comfort and chemo

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Singer Melissa Etheridge once said, “Chemotherapy tests your sanity.” For many people – not all – the chemotherapy regimen is an ordeal, and the day of your first treatment can be scary. Mostly, it can be tiring, but it all depends on your cancer and your prescribed chemo drugs. Lisa Silva is a Sacramento-area registered […]

Five Things Friday: Conquering Side Effects

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Conquer common side effects of breast cancer treatment Breast cancer is frightening. And the cure may be no picnic in the park either. Dealing with both the uncertainty of the disease and the effects of the treatment can certainly be overwhelming. The goal must be to hit the cancer with something that can deliver a […]

Five Things Friday – Lovin’ Life After Breast Cancer

Rekindle the Joy If you have survived breast cancer, you may be waiting for the world to take on rainbow hues and to find yourself jumping for joy. That’s not quite the way it works. It may be more like, “What just happened to me?” and “Why don’t I feel different?” Time to manage expectations. […]