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Living Beyond Breast Cancer Launches Ask-the-Expert Program

Get your questions answered by breast cancer experts during our new ask-the-expert program

October 1, 2010

Written By Anna Shaffer, Contributing Writer

Our new ask-the-expert series will help answer your questions about breast cancer, whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment or years beyond treatment.

Each month, we ask a breast cancer expert to respond to your questions on a specific topic during an ask-the-expert residency. Answers to select questions are posted on throughout the month.

The topic for September was neuropathy.

Neuropathy, or pain and numbness in the hands or feet, is a possible side effect of some common breast cancer treatments, including chemotherapy with taxane medicines like paclitaxel (Taxol) and docetaxel (Taxotere). It is also a possible side effect of capecitabine (Xeloda), a medicine used for metastatic breast cancer.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Linda T. Vahdat, MD, answered your questions about the causes of neuropathy, how to identify symptoms and how to get relief. Read Dr. Vahdat's answers to questions about neuropathy.

The topic for August was fear of recurrence.

During initial breast cancer treatment and therapy, it’s common to live “in the moment” because you are so busy actively fighting the disease. But what happens when treatment ends?

Fear of breast cancer recurrence is one of the biggest challenges you may face in moving on with life. These fears are normal, but they can interfere with your ability to care for yourself. By getting your questions answered, you can learn to manage your fears and integrate your breast cancer history into your life.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C answered your questions about coping with feelings and managing fears. Read Dr. Bolte’s answers to questions about fear of recurrence.