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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.

August 2015 Ask the Expert: Dealing With the Financial Impact of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Metastatic breast cancer requires ongoing care and ongoing costs. You may be worried about what insurance will and will not cover, what you will have to pay out-of-pocket and how you will manage your other financial obligations while paying for breast cancer treatment. Learning about what resources are available to you and making a plan can help you prepare for, and lessen, the costs of metastatic breast cancer. 

This August, Living Beyond Breast Cancer experts Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq, and Amy Niles, MBA, answer your questions about how to stay afloat financially while having ongoing treatment.

July 2015 Ask the Expert: Medical Updates, Treatment Options and Follow-Up Care for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

This July, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Rita Nanda, MD, answered your questions about triple-negative breast cancer – how it's different from other types of breast cancer, what treatments are available, what research is happening and how it applies to you.

June 2015 Ask the Expert: Breast Reconstruction

After mastectomy, some women choose to rebuild their breast or breasts using breast reconstruction surgery. Breast reconstruction can be done using your own tissue, or using implants. The decision about whether to have reconstructive surgery – and then which surgery to have – is very personal and can be complex.

In June, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Karen Horton, MD, MSc, FRCSC, answered your questions about breast reconstruction.

May 2015 Ask the Expert: Tests For Making Treatment Decisions and Monitoring Your Health

Medical tests can help you and your doctor decide what treatments are best for you, give information on your risk of recurrence or getting a second breast cancer, and help people with metastatic breast cancer manage their health over time.

In May, Living Beyond Breast Cancer experts Timothy J. Pluard, MD, and Baljit Singh, MD, answered your questions about tests.

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, answered 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.

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