Welcome to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer library. Here you can access a user-friendly collection of LBBC resources to address your medical, psychosocial, emotional, legal and financial concerns.
Whether you are newly diagnosed, recently completed treatment, are years beyond or are living with advanced (metastatic) disease, or you are a family member, friend or healthcare provider, LBBC can connect you with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
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Learning about Breast Cancer
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What You Need to Know
This guide will help you discover how to communicate with your breast cancer care team about your sexual orientation or gender identity in ways that are most comfortable to you. Learn about the resources available to you online and at many cancer treatment centers, and get tips on deciding when, and if, to come out to your providers.
This guide will help you gain useful knowledge about some of the most common complementary therapies available, such as acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, reiki and others. Learn what symptoms and side effects each therapy may help ease and the level of scientific evidence available for each practice. Get practical advice about where you can access them, what to look for in a trained professional, and where to find other resources for trusted information.
Not everyone has a big support system to lean on after a breast cancer diagnosis. Whether you are living alone, living far from friends and family, or simply keep only a small circle of close friends, you may find that you have to care for yourself more often than others. Still, there may be moments when having a stronger support system could be useful.
This February, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C answered your questions about how to juggle everyday life with cancer treatment when you are your own caregiver; what kinds of professionals your treatment center may have to help you; and where to find the support you want.
It’s important that you feel comfortable with your doctors and their recommendations. Whether you want to know about other treatment options, feel more comfortable discussing side effects or simply feel your team isn’t the right fit for you, getting a second opinion may help. This January, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Paul B. Gilman, MD, answered your questions about when it’s best to ask for a second opinion, how to go about getting one, what to do if your health insurance restricts who you can see for treatment and how to talk to your current team about your desire to seek more information from others.
Discussing treatment options, side effects and other lifestyle concerns can seem daunting. This December, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Jennifer J. Griggs, MD, MPH, FACP, answered your questions about how to bring up difficult topics with your care team, what you should ask at appointments and how to get the most out of your time with your doctor.
In the Winter 2014/2015 issue of Insight, read about the process of creating national treatment guidelines and how they are used by your doctors and learn about the transition from giving care to getting it as a caregiver diagnosed with breast cancer. Read a creative nonfiction essay written by Liz Quinlisk, a participant in our 2013 Writing Series, who found writing was a path to healing. Stay updated on LBBC's programs, resources and what's happening on the web.
Learn about depression and metastatic breast cancer, what causes it, how to recognize symptoms and where to find support. Read an interview with Sarah Merchant, an LBBC Young Advocate who has dedicated her time to volunteering for several breast cancer organizations after being diagnosed with stage IV disease.
Emotional and Psychological Characteristics of Women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Do Socioeconomic, Demographic, and Provider Variables Impact Emotional Change from Diagnosis to Post-Treatment?
Women with triple-negative breast cancer experience greater fear, anxiety and worry than women with non-TNBC subtypes at all points from diagnosis through post-treatment. While women with all breast cancer subtypes report a reduction in negative emotion over time from treatment to post-treatment, this change is less profound in TNBC women and appears to be driven almost entirely by concern about the disease.
Education and Information Preferences for Women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Should Personal or Medical Demographic Variables Impact Program Tailoring?
Education and information tailoring preferences differ by breast cancer subtype. Women with TNBC strongly prefer education and information tailored to their breast cancer subtype and their race/ethnicity, but they are less interested in cancer stage or living situation-specific tailoring.