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Breast cancer coping plans

Breast cancer coping plans: Regional recurrence and metastatic cancer

Breast cancer coping plans

Breast cancer coping plans that are essential for a more comfortable feeling

Finding out that you have breast cancer can be very frustrating. But after enduring all the treatment process, it can be upsetting to be told that the cancer has resurfaced. We appreciate that dealing with the initial diagnosis wasn’t easy. It was traumatizing and agonizing.  That is why as experts from AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, we are concerned and want to be the shoulder you can lean on. Therefore, we want to make suggestions to you to follow and if you have any further concern, you can always call us to have a one on one with you. In the meantime, you can consider the following:

  • Information is power, seek to know more about recurrent breast cancer before making a decisions about your care. Your doctor will be very helpful. Ask about your treatment options and prognosis. Good knowledge will help you be more confident in making treatment decisions.
  • Be close to friends and family. This is the time you need a lot of love around you. Friends and family will provide the practical support you’ll need, such as helping take care of your house if you’re in the hospital. And they can serve as emotional support when you feel overwhelmed by cancer.
  • Identify a connection to a motivating spirit beyond yourself. Having a strong faith or a sense of something greater than yourself is essential and will helps you be more hopeful with cancer treatment you take.

Breast cancer coping plans: Getting ready for your appointment

With cancer, any signs or symptoms should sound a warning. Take timely action by scheduling an appointment with your primary care doctor or family doctor for professional advice. In readiness for the appointment, you can share with your doctor about new symptoms, any other health problems from your first diagnosis and if you’re seeing a new doctor, carry all your medical records with you to the new doctor. You may also request a family member to accompany you to the doctor’s office to help you remember all you need to know. The following are some of the questions you may ask:

  • What’s my prognosis?
  • What treatments are available to me at this stage, and which do you recommend?
  • What kinds of tests do I need and how should I prepare for it?
  • What is the hormone receptor status of the cancer recurrence?
  • Is there any side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Is my cancer recurring?
  • Do I have any alternatives to the approach that you’re suggesting?
  • Are there any clinical trials open to me?
  • Are some other possible causes for my symptoms?

Finally, with all these, your doctor is also likely to ask you a number of questions. Such questions are helpful in giving his/her professional view about your condition. The doctor’s questions may include:

  • How long have you been experiencing these symptoms?
  • Has there been a change in the symptoms over time?
  • Do these symptoms feel different from when you were first diagnosed with cancer?
  • How do you feel overall?
  • Have you had any unexpected weight loss? Have you lost your appetite?
  • Are you experiencing any pain?

Breast cancer coping plans: Regional recurrence and metastatic cancer

 

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DCIS treatment readiness

DCIS treatment readiness: Preparing for your appointment

DCIS treatment readiness

DCIS treatment readiness is very essential. For timely treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients must seek timely solutions

Like with all other cancer, DCIS treatment readiness is very essential. For timely treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients need to schedule an appointment with their specialist immediately they notice a lump or any other unusual changes on the breast. Speaking to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center, it is important that if you’re seeking for second opinion, you must submit to your new doctor all the tests results of all the previous tests done. Submit all the original diagnostic mammogram images and biopsy results to your new appointment. These should include your mammography images, ultrasound CD and glass slides from your breast biopsy. As you make that move, the following pieces of information will prepare you for your new appointment including what to expect from your doctor:

DCIS treatment readiness: What you can do

Document your medical history, be honest and detailed stating any benign breast conditions you may have been diagnosed with and any radiotherapy you may have received before.

Family history of breast cancer, especially among the nuclear and very close members of the family.

List of both current and past medications. This should include all prescription, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies. Never forget to mention hormonal replacement therapy where applicable.

Be in company of a family member or friend during the appointment. The pain that come with cancer diagnosis can make you lose focus. A second ear is important for accuracy of information.

Write down questions to ask your doctor. In your state of mind it may be easy to forget what you wanted to ask. Listing prior questions is going to help you benefit fully. The following are some questions you may want to ask your doctor about DCIS:

  • What treatment approach is appropriate?
  • What tests would reveal the type and stage of cancer?
  • Do I need to change my lifestyle to help reduce my risk of a DCIS recurrence?
  • Are there any side effects or complications during treatment?
  • Is seeing a genetic counselor necessary?
  • How effective is this treatment approach effective in women with a similar diagnosis?
  • How will recurrence of DCIS be handled?
  • For how long will I need follow-up visits upon completing treatment?
  • Is a second opinion necessary?
  • Do I have breast cancer?

These are just guide lines. You can use to make your own. Always remember to ask without holding. It is very important for you and the doctor.

DCIS treatment readiness: What to expect from your doctor

Besides your own question, the doctor will also have some questions for you. Such will be to help him/her give an informed professional opinion. It is likely that your doctor will ask some of the following:

  • What is your daily diet like, do you take alcohol?
  • Have you in the past or your close female relatives been tested for the BRCA gene mutations?
  • Have you had other breast biopsies or operations?
  • Have you gone through menopause?
  • Have you ever had radiation therapy?
  • Besides this, have you been diagnosed with any breast conditions?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
  • In your family history, has anyone had breast cancer?
  • Are you using or have you used any medications or supplements to relieve the symptoms of menopause?
  • How active are you physically?

Try your best to give honest responses and feel free to explain all you can. This is not a very good time for anyone but as experts at AWAREmed health center, we will always be there for you to help you go through this. You can call us for any further professional advice.

DCIS treatment readiness: Preparing for your appointment

 

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Breast cancer types

Breast cancer types: Where does breast cancer come from?

Breast cancer types

Breast cancer types. In fact experts reports that breast cancer occurs when some breast cells grows abnormally

We have several breast cancer types and each of them is a threat to life. There are many types of breast cancer. Some are more common than others, and there are also combinations of cancers. We will look at several types of breast cancer but for now let’s look at where the disease come from. Experts have established that breast cancer occurs when some breast cells grows abnormally. Such cells multiplies very fast than healthy ones and continue to accumulate, forming a lump or mass. Speaking to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, she adds that, the growth of such cells in the milk-producing ducts (invasive ductal carcinoma). This can also begin in the glandular tissue called lobules (invasive lobular carcinoma) as well as in other cells or tissue within the breast.

Breast cancer types: Inherited breast cancer

It is estimated that up to 10% of breast cancer linked to gene mutations passed through generations of a family. The inherited mutated genes like gene 1 (BRCA1) and breast cancer gene 2 (BRCA2), both of which significantly increase the risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. Therefore, if you have breast cancer history in your family, it may be necessary that you take a blood test to help identify specific mutations in BRCA or other genes that are being passed through your family. The following are some common types of cancer:

Ductal carcinoma in situ: The most common type of noninvasive breast cancer is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). This type of cancer has not spread and therefore usually has a very high cure rate.

Invasive ductal carcinoma: This cancer starts in a duct of the breast and grows into the surrounding tissue. It is the most common form of breast cancer at about 80%.

Invasive lobular carcinoma: This starts in the glands of the breast that produce milk. Approximately 10% of invasive breast cancers are invasive lobular carcinoma. The rest of breast cancers aren’t common and may include:

  • Mucinous carcinoma are formed from mucus-producing cancer cells. Mixed tumors contain a variety of cell types.
  • Medullary carcinoma is an infiltrating breast cancer that presents with well-defined boundaries between the cancerous and noncancerous tissue.
  • Inflammatory breast cancer: This cancer makes the skin of the breast appear red and feel warm (giving it the appearance of an infection). These changes are due to the blockage of lymph vessels by cancer cells.
  • Triple-negative breast cancers: This is a subtype of invasive cancer with cells that lack estrogen and progesterone receptors and have no excess of a specific protein (HER2) on their surface. It tends to appear more often in younger women and African-American women.
  • Paget’s disease of the nipple: This cancer starts in the ducts of the breast and spreads to the nipple and the area surrounding the nipple. It usually presents with crusting and redness around the nipple.
  • Adenoid cystic carcinoma: These cancers have both glandular and cystic features. They tend not to spread aggressively and have a good prognosis.
  • Lobular carcinoma in situ: This is not a cancer but an area of abnormal cell growth that can lead to invasive breast cancer later in life.

Breast cancer types: Where does breast cancer come from?

 

 

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Breast cancer truths

Breast cancer truths: Established facts about breast cancer

breast cancer truths

Breast cancer truths. Breast cancer is that type of cancer whose formation begins in the cells of the breasts

As the name depicts, breast cancer is that type of cancer whose formation begins in the cells of the breasts. Professionally, experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center among other experts has established that one of the breast cancer truths is that, it is second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women after skin cancer. This fact does not mean that men are free from it. Men too can contract breast cancer, it’s only that women are more vulnerable.

Because of aggressive awareness campaigns and support for breast cancer, a lot of ground has been covered in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. It’s is rewarding to note that, because of such efforts, breast cancer survival rates have increased. The number of deaths resulting from breast cancer has been on a downward trend because of various factors including early detection, better personalized treatment approach and a better understanding of the disease.

Breast cancer truths: So how best do you understand breast cancer?

There are a lot more to know about this disease. These are essential facts which are proven scientifically in the United State and across the globe, like for instance:

  • We have several types of breast cancer.
  • For every eight women, one will develop cancer in the United States.
  • Different types of breast cancer are uniquely different in the way they spread (metastasize) to other body parts and organs.
  • Besides the risks factors, the distinct causes of breast cancer are not known.
  • Among other types of cancer, breast cancer is the most common among American women and beyond.
  • Breast cancer symptoms and signs may include
    • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpit,
    • Orange-peel texture or dimpling of the breast’s skin,
    • Inverted nipple,
    • Breast pain or sore nipple,
    • Bloody nipple discharge,
    • A lump in the breast or armpit,
    • A change in the size or shape of the breast or nipple.
  • The diagnosis is done during a physical exam through self-examination of the breasts, mammography, ultrasound testing, and biopsy.
  • Treatment of breast cancer depends on the type of cancer and its stage and may involve surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

Breast cancer truths: America Cancer Society

According to the American Cancer society the following facts have been established scientifically.

  • Over 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed each year in women in 2017 and over 2,400 in men;
  • Approximately 40,000 women and 440 men died of breast cancer in 2015;
  • There are over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States;
  • Although breast cancer awareness and survival has increased significantly in the United States for all races, several studies have cited a significantly worse survival rate for African-American women compared to white women; and
  • Guidelines for mammography differ depending on the organization making recommendations. Currently, the American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms for women aged 45-54 for women at average risk for breast cancer and mammograms every two years for women aged 55 and older, who should also have the option to continue yearly screening.

Finally, looking at these facts about breast cancer, it’s evident that we have a big problem to address. Therefore, if you’re reading this article right now and you or your loved one is suffering from this disease, you can be of help by scheduling an appointment with experts at AWAREmed health center now for a one on one discussion with doctor Akoury.

Breast cancer truths: Established facts about breast cancer

 

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Ethanol contents in alcohol and cancer

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Ethanol contents in alcohol and cancer can be a very bad combination for quick recovery

Ethanol contents in alcohol and cancer: Drug addiction disorders

In dealing with drug addiction disorders and cancer disease one patient one asked “does the type of drink matter?” in responds doctor, Dalal Akoury says that it is important to appreciate that ethanol is the type of alcohol found in alcoholic drinks, whether they are beers, wines, or liquors (distilled spirits). The ethanol content in these drinks differs in percentages, but in general, a standard size drink of any type 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor contains about the same amount of ethanol (about half an ounce). Of course, larger or ‘stronger’ drinks can contain more ethanol than this. Overall, it is all about the amount of alcohol consumed over time, not the type of alcoholic beverage, seems to be the most important factor in raising cancer risk. Most evidence suggests that it is the ethanol that increases the risk, not other things in the drink.

Ethanol contents in alcohol and cancer: How alcohol raise cancer risk

From the experts’ point of view, doctor Dalal Akoury having been in this practice for well over two decades reiterates that, as things stand now, the exact way alcohol affects cancer risk isn’t completely understood. In fact, there might be several different ways it can raise risk, and this might depend on the type of cancer complication in question as we are going to see following. And as we make that progress, it will interest you to note that in order to effectively help addicts recover from their difficulties, Dr. Akoury made a decision to create a medical center whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Matters of this magnitude needs serious and professionalism in treatment and that is why doctor Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. You can reach her on telephone number 843 213 1480 for an appointment and any other concerns you may be having.

Ethanol contents in alcohol and cancer: Damage to body tissues

Finally, alcohol can act as an irritant, especially in the mouth and throat. Cells that are damaged may try to repair themselves, which could lead to DNA changes in the cells that can be a step toward cancer. In the colon and rectum, bacteria can convert alcohol into large amounts of acetaldehyde which is a chemical that has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals. Alcohol and its byproducts can also damage the liver, leading to inflammation and scarring. As liver cells try to repair the damage, they can end up with mistakes in their DNA, which could lead to cancer. We are going to continue this discussion in our subsequent postings and we want to take this opportunity to encourage you to stay with us on the link and learn with the experts.

Ethanol contents in alcohol and cancer: Drug addiction disorders

 

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