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Ask the Expert

Our 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 will be posted on our website on an ongoing basis throughout the month.

May 2015 Ask the Expert: Preserving Your Fertility After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

If you’re a young woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be worried about how your treatment will affect fertility, your ability to become pregnant. Having breast cancer does not necessarily mean that you can’t have children in the future. But if you want to expand your family, it’s important that you learn as much as you can as early as possible.

This May, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Elizabeth S. Ginsburg, MD, answers your questions about how breast cancer treatments can affect your ability to have children and what you can do to preserve your fertility.

April 2015 Ask the Expert: Getting Good Breast Cancer Care as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans Person

Everyone deserves quality health care. But as an LGBT person with breast cancer, you may feel that there aren’t enough resources out there just for you. You may feel unsure about coming out to your providers or talking about the disease with a partner.

This April, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Katherine Campbell, PhD, LCSW, answered your questions about whether and how to come out to your care team; your breast cancer risk as an LGBT person; and fertility, dating with a history of breast cancer, and talking to a partner about breast cancer.

Special Ask the Expert: Your Questions from the SOFT Trial Webinar

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH answers your questions from LBBC's webinar,"Digging Into the Data: Understanding the Benefits of Ovarian Suppression for Young Women," held on January 13, 2015. The webinar focused on the then recently-released results of the SOFT trial, which found that blocking ovarian function may lower the risk of cancer returning for some young women.

March 2015 Ask the Expert: Managing Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Most, if not all, cancer treatments have some kind of side effect. And, living with metastatic breast cancer means being in treatment long-term. Managing the side effects of the treatments you need is an important part of living well with metastatic disease.

This March, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, RN, MSN, NPC, AOCN answered your questions about what side effects you may experience, how to handle them, what to do if a side effect becomes too much and what your healthcare team can do to help.

February 2015 Ask the Expert: Being Your Own Caregiver

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.

January 2015 Ask the Expert: Getting A Second Opinion

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.

December 2014 Ask the Expert: Communicating With Your Healthcare Providers

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.

November 2014 Ask the Expert: The Affordable Care Act and You

Healthcare reform, health insurance options and consumer protections can be hard to navigate and understand. This November, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq, answered your questions about the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts your care.

October 2014 Ask the Expert: Research and Treatments for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Katherine Tkaczuk, MD, answered your questions about available treatments for metastatic breast cancer, and what research is on the horizon.

September 2014 Ask the Expert: Coping as a Caregiver

Offering care and support to someone diagnosed with breast cancer can be hard emotionally. Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Page Tolbert, LCSW, answered your questions about how to be a caregiver while getting the help you need, too.

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