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Insight, Living Beyond Breast Cancer's quarterly newsletter, contains updates on the latest treatment options, profiles of people newly diagnosed with breast cancer and articles on issues such as side effects, testing, communicating with your healthcare team and more.

In this section, you can read articles about newly diagnosed breast cancer from the back issues of this publication.

Insight, Spring 2015

Check out the new look of Insight, LBBC's quarterly national newsletter, in this Spring 2015 issue. This issue contains features on chemobrain, a side effect that impacts memory and thinking; talking about cancer-related sex and intimacy concerns with your partner and how to get help from your care team; and the stories of two LBBC Young Advocates, women diagnosed under the age of 45 who have been trained to advocate in their communities through our Young Women's Initiative. Hear from LBBC CEO Jean Sachs, MSS, MLSP, on our new logo and look. Stay updated on LBBC's programs, resources and what's happening on the web.

Making Decisions About Breast Cancer Surgery

Not all people have a choice when it comes to breast cancer surgery. If you do, many factors, such as lifestyle, concern about the cancer returning, and how your breasts affect your body image are likely to guide your decision.

Insight, Spring 2014

The spring 2014 issue of LBBC's quarterly newsletter features stories on the body image after breast cancer and on treating HER2-positive disease with targeted therapies. Sue Bowman, RN, OCN, CBCN, MSW, shares how her breast cancer diagnosis inspired her to get her master's degree in social work and launch a new career as an oncology nurse navigator. 

Body Image and Breast Cancer: Tips and Truths

Three women living with metastatic breast cancer share how their body image changed as cancer treatment altered their bodies. They discuss weight gain, reconstruction, changes in shape of the breast, and how it felt to wear old clothes and buy new ones. A clinical nurse specialist and sexuality counselor tells our author how women can better anticipate the way breast cancer impacts the body, body image and self-confidence.

When Cancer Inspires a New Career: Sue’s Story

Breast oncology nurse navigator Sue Bowman, RN, OCN, CBCN, MSW, changed the course of her career because of her breast cancer experience. A nurse when she was diagnosed, Sue noticed that her hospital lacked the one-to-one personal support she craved. Four years later, she graduated with a degree in social work.

How Far We’ve Come: Treating HER2-Positive Breast Cancer With Targeted Therapies

In this feature, read about the development of trastuzumab (Herceptin) for HER2-positive breast cancer and how it has changed the treatment landscape, research underway and targeted therapies in the pipeline. Women who have taken trastuzumab talk about how the medicine changed their breast cancer experience, and medical experts discuss the future of treatment for HER2-positive disease.

Supporting Each Other: Peer Support Throughout Your Journey

Learn about the role of peer support throughout one's breast cancer journey, including what it is, how it differs from and complements the kind of support received from healthcare professionals and where to obtain it. Discover in what ways connecting with someone like you can reduce your sense of isolation and empower you emotionally.

Young Advocate Speaks Up for Herself and Other Women

Read about how TeMaya Eatmon became, and continues to serve as, an advocate for women affected by breast cancer.

Recognizing the Unfamiliar: A Survey of Less Common Breast Cancers

Understand how less common forms of breast cancer may present with some symptoms and signs not commonly associated with the disease and in what ways these cancers are treated. The four cancers presented are Paget disease of the breast, malignant phyllodes tumor, medullary breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer.

Insight, Winter 2013/2014

The Winter 2013/2014 issue of LBBC's quarterly newsletter features stories on the role of peer support throughout a breast cancer journey and on less common forms of breast cancer. TeMaya Eatmon shares why and how she became involved in advocacy work for those affected by breast cancer.