Jennifer had had some time to digest the breast cancer diagnosis she never wanted to hear but also wasn’t 100% surprised by when it was delivered. Her family had a history of breast cancer, and a favorite aunt of hers had a terrible time recovering from surgery and treatment many years ago. She told us that for months post surgery and treatment, her aunt was barely able to use her arm due to symptoms like pain, heavy swelling, or numbness.Read More
Josephine was elated. She had just survived breast cancer and was looking forward to a life full of laughter and joy with her husband, children and friends. But there was one problem. Josephine hated her arm. She had her the lymph nodes under her arm removed because of breast cancer. There was some cancer in her lymph nodes, so she had all of her lymph nodes removed.Read More Breast cancer, Lymph node, Lymphatic system, Lymphatic vessel
Lymphedema can be a problem worse than a cold rain in spring. Lymphedema is swelling of the arm that can occur after breast cancer surgery and is akin to your kitchen sink sponge soaked with water.Read More Breast cancer, Cancer, Lymph node, Lymphedema, Sentinel lymph node, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
I would like to end our talk with a story of angels, of faith and of love. It is my story. It begins with the love of my wife; it ends with her love and the strength, the support, and the life giving energy that she is to me.
My story begins with a spot – a spot on my shoulder. Each day I would look at this spot and then one day, it changed. I recall my wife telling me to wear sunblock on numerous occasions, but I am a doctor, so I could never get cancer.Read More Breast cancer, Cancer, God, Lymph node, Prayer, Religion and Spirituality, Sentinel lymph node, Surgery
The best chance to cure breast cancer is surgery. In a world with great advances in science and great progress in medicine, surgery remains the most effective treatment for breast cancer. When breast cancer remains in the breast, surgery can be curative. When breast cancer leaves the breast, surgery remains as the best means to rid the body of the breast cancer nest. Other, or adjuvant, therapies are then used to seek out and destroy those breast cancer cells that flew from the nest.Read More Breast, Breast cancer, Cancer, Health, Lymph node, Medicine, Radiation therapy, Surgery