Chest radiation is a well known risk factor for the subsequent development of breast cancer. This study was aimed at exploring the relationship between hormonal factors and the risk of radiation-associated breast cancer among survivors of childhood cancer. Included in the study were 1,108 females diagnosed from 1970 to 1986 who were treated with chest … Continue reading Radiation-Associated Breast Cancer and Hormone Exposure: a CCSS* Report
Treatment-Related Breast Cancer: Survivor, Are You at Risk? The risk of developing breast cancer after treatment for a childhood, adolescent, or young adult cancer depends on the type of treatment one received for their original diagnosis. While treatment-related breast cancers affect primarily females, males are also at risk as they, too, have breast tissue. Known … Continue reading Treatment-Related Breast Cancer: Survivor, Are You at Risk?
Truth: every wardrobe needs a little black dress or black bow tie just as every cancer survivor needs a cancer treatment summary. A cancer treatment summary is a detailed summary of your diagnosis, treatment along with your risk profile for late effects and recommendations for future monitoring diagnostics. A thorough treatment summary includes the following: … Continue reading Black Dress or Bow Tie: Got One?!
From the father of an adult survivor of childhood cancer written through his father-eyes, his heart-tender, and in his own words on the lived experience of being told your daughter has cancer, then 30 years later that she needed a new heart. “We tell ourselves it’s always the 'other guy’. It only happens to other … Continue reading the ‘Other Guy’ Rule
I met with my PCP, Dr. Pepper, a couple of weeks ago, to discuss a plan for lung surveillance moving forward. I had several things on my heart and mind that I felt we needed to plan for in the future specific to potential late effects. I have several unique 'things' that place me at … Continue reading Shared Decision Making
Fact: primary care providers [PCP] are essential in the life of the cancer survivor, so get one! Fact: medical education does not speak to the potential late effects of cancer treatment and appropriate screenings across time. Fact: we, survivors, have a tendency to feel safe [and] secure under the umbrella of our oncologists; however, our … Continue reading Primary Care Provider: Get One!
Cluster: WHAT?! Clustering is THE way I 'do' survivorship, cancer and transplant. You see, during the immediate post-transplant period, I was interfacing with the healthcare system almost daily by phone and weekly in person. As time marched forward and I gained confidence in my knowledge of heart transplant and got to know my heart and … Continue reading Cluster: What?!
Living the Cure is ALL about seeking and cultivating WELLNESS in every area of your life while being ever mindful of your cancer treatment history and the risks you carry for treatment-related late effects.