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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



Invasive lobular carcinoma breast

Invasive Lobular Carcinoma Breast : The milk producing glands

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast. It begins when cells in milk-producing glands of the breast develop mutations in the patient DNA

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast is a type of breast cancer whose origin can be traced from the milk producing glands (lobules) of the breast. It simply means that the cancer cells have broken out of their formation point from the lobule where and have the greater potential of spreading to the lymph nodes and other areas of the body. Doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center explains that the Invasive lobular carcinoma makes up a small portion of all breast cancers. Normally, most of the well-known types of breast cancer starts from the breast ducts (invasive ductal carcinoma). Naturally, this type of cancer does not form a lump as is common with other breast cancers. On the contrary, there will be some changes on the breast that feels like a thickening or fullness in one part of the breast which is different from the surrounding breast tissue.

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast: Symptoms

In the earliest stages of its formation, invasive lobular carcinoma it may not be easy to identify some signs and symptoms however, as it continues to grow, the following may become evident:

  • An area of thickening in part of the breast
  • A new area of fullness or swelling in the breast
  • A change in the texture or appearance of the skin over the breast in the texture of an orange peels
  • A newly inverted nipple

Invasive lobular carcinoma is less likely than other forms of breast cancer to cause a firm or distinct breast lump.

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast: When to see a doctor

Whenever you’re feeling strange in your body and having noticed some signs and symptoms, waste no time in seeking an appointment with your doctor. Depending on your condition, it is possible that the doctor will perform an examination to determine whether you need a diagnostic mammogram or a breast ultrasound. While at the doctor’s office, enquire from him/her to begin screening tests for breast cancer. This is essential in early detection of cancer way ahead even before the seeing any signs or symptoms. Routine test screening include a physical exam and a breast X-ray (mammogram).

And for those with a history of breast cancer or other factors that may increase risks of breast cancer in their lineage, experts are likely to recommend beginning screening mammograms or other tests at an earlier age. Like many other experts’, doctor Akoury is in agreement that invasive lobular carcinoma begins when cells in milk-producing glands of the breast develop mutations in the patient DNA. The mutations lead to the inability to control cell growth, which results in the cells dividing and growing rapidly. Depending on the aggressiveness of the cancer type, the cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body. Lobular carcinoma cells has a characteristic of invading the surrounding breast tissue taking the shape of a star. The affected area may have a different feel from the surrounding breast tissue, more like a thickening and fullness without necessarily feeling like a lump. If you have any concerns about this disease, you may want to schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury today for further professional advice.

Invasive lobular carcinoma breast: The milk producing glands



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?



Sharon on IVs Journey of Breast Cancer

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



Cancer transplantation

Cancer transplantation

Cancer transplantation. The disease cancer is a scare and those who have been there will tell you that better prevention than cure

Cancer transplantation: Eliminating substance abuse

In case of malignancies, we are using patented methods of treatment with stem cells. These methods have proved their efficacy, and have been approved by the Ministry of Health on April 20, 1999 and have been recommended for use in clinical practice. And according to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under doctor Dalal Akoury MD Cancer transplantation of fetal stem cells is possible at all stages of oncological diseases like for instance:

If surgery (tumor removal) cannot be started due to such complications as anemia, weakness, wasting, thrombocytopenia, depression, etc., transplantation of fetal stem cells prior to the tumor removal operation provides for the best preparation of the patient to surgery and best tolerability of the latter; it also accelerates the postoperative wound healing process, minimizes consequences and complications of anesthesia, and reduces the duration of the post-surgery rehabilitation period that allows for more rapid continuation of comprehensive treatment. In patients treated with the method of fetal stem cell transplantation prior to the operation, best tolerability of chemotherapy courses had been observed. Probability of metastatic process development diminishes as a result of increased anti-tumor immunity.

During the course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy (irradiation)

In case of such complications as leukopenia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia, anemia, hepatitis, enteropathy, wasting, depression, alopecia, etc., transplantation of fetal stem cells promotes rapid (5 to 7 days) restoration of peripheral blood parameters after chemotherapy, improvement of the overall condition, and helps prevent complications. Transplantation of fetal stem cells provides an opportunity for carrying out more large-scale and intensive chemotherapy with a minimum risk without violating its timeframe.

Cancer transplantation: After chemotherapy and radiotherapy (irradiation)

Transplantation of fetal stem cells is instrumental in restoring anti-tumor immunity and haemopoesis; it contributes to improvement of patient’s overall condition, decrease in weakness, as well as to improvement of their psycho-emotional status and quality of life.

Cancer transplantation: Post-transplantation effects

Solid experience in cancer treatment allowed us to distinguish two stages in post-transplantation period that are different in time of development and clinical manifestations.

The first stage lasts for about one month and is characterized by emergence of early clinical symptoms that develop within a few hours after transplantation of fetal stem cells. We have described the early post-transplantation improvement syndrome: improvement in overall condition and appetite, decline in body temperature, diminishing weakness and sweating, restoration of self-care ability and increase in performance. This syndrome mostly occurs in patients with symptoms of severe intoxication and is often observed in patients with severe clinical course of the disease.

Also, a syndrome of psycho-functional changes is observed: reduction of somatic depression, improvement of emotional status, cognitive abilities, memory, and conative component.

The second stage of cell effect begins within one to two months after transplantation. It is related to reduced clinical manifestations of the disease and is characterized by stabilization of haemopoesis, improvement of the immunological profile, reduction of inflammatory effects, elevation of Karnovsky index, and improved quality of life.

Finally, doctor Akoury reiterates that stem cell therapy contributes to formation of anti-tumor immunity; that can be used for preventing oncological diseases, as well as avoiding relapse and metastatic process. But even before we get there, most of the cancerous complications are as a result of substance abuse. This means that if we were to deal the prevention of substance abuse, cancer complications will be reduced greatly. Therefore as you consider taking the above treatment course, we also want to encourage you to talk to us about the major cause of cancer (drug addiction) so that we can fight the problem from all angles.

Cancer transplantation: Eliminating substance abuse