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.


October 2, 2017

In October, Living Beyond Breast Cancer experts Susan Ash-Lee, LCSW and Jill Mitchell, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C answered your questions about resilience and breast cancer.

September 1, 2017

Breast cancer and its treatment may change how you feel about your body. You may be coping with scars, pain, weight gain or loss, hair loss or thinning, sexual side effects, lymphedema, or other changes. In September, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Darah W. Curran, MSW, LCSW, answered your questions about body image and breast cancer. She addressed issues related to physical changes caused by breast cancer and its treatments, and how those changes affect the way you feel about yourself.

August 1, 2017

Have you experienced numbness, pain, burning, tingling or loss of feeling in your hands or feet after breast cancer treatment? You’re not alone. In August, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Janet L. Abrahm, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, answered your questions about this side effect, called, neuropathy. She addressed issues like what causes neuropathy, how long it can last and how to treat and manage it.

July 1, 2017

In July, Living Beyond Breast Cancer presented a panel of women with different subtypes and stages of breast cancer, including metastatic breast cancer. They answered your questions about being newly diagnosed with breast cancer, including how to make difficult treatment decisions and how to live well despite the worries and fears that come along with cancer.

June 1, 2017

In June, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD, answered your questions about bone health and breast cancer. He addressed issues people with all stages of disease face, like keeping bones healthy during breast cancer treatment and, for those with metastatic disease, preventing and treating bone pain throughout long-term treatment.

May 1, 2017

​Immunotherapy uses the body’s own defenses to fight cancer. In May, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Sara M. Tolaney, MD, MPH answered your questions about immunotherapy and breast cancer. She addressed issues like how immunotherapy works, what types of breast cancer it may help treat, how to find and be part of an immunotherapy trial, and more.