Heated Topic: Menopausal Symptoms and You
Hot flashes. Fatigue. Dry hair and skin. Vaginal dryness.
These are some of the menopausal symptoms you may experience from breast cancer treatments, even if you went through menopause naturally before treatment. For many women, symptoms such as these are among the most frustrating.
There are ways to manage these symptoms and live more comfortably. Join our February Twitter Chat, when a panel of experts, advocates and women diagnosed with breast cancer will
- discuss common menopausal symptoms you may experience
- explore the differences between natural vs. medical menopause
- provide insight and tips for dealing with these symptoms
About Our Panel
Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, is a specialist in medical gynecologic oncology, an avid social media enthusiast, and columnist for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is the clinical co-director of gynecologic oncology and the director of the oncology sexual health clinic of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Follow him on Twitter at @drdonsdizon.
Kara M. Nakisbendi, MD
Director, The Nakisbendi Women's Center
Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, RN, MSN, APN, AOCN, a member of LBBC's Medical Advisory Board, is an oncology advanced practice nurse at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey. Ms. Rodriguez serves as the director for outreach, prevention and survivorship. She regularly writes and manages grant funded efforts and is involved in developing patient and community programs. Ms. Rodriguez is bilingual (English/Spanish) and committed to the cancer education of the lay and professional community. Follow her on Twitter at @everodspace.
Helen T. Cooke was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in February 2011 in her late 40s. She and her spouse live in South Jersey with their rescue dogs and cats. She is an executive coach and leadership consultant who works with a wide range of clients including pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer products companies. She also carves out time for creative writing (a commitment she made to herself after her diagnosis). Follow Ms. Cooke on Twitter at @helentcooke.
Dana Donofree was diagnosed with ER positive, infiltrative ductal carcinoma at 27. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her loving and super supportive husband. They love hiking and biking when the weather allows for it, and dancing and yoga to stay healthy! She fills her days working on AnaOno, a lingerie line for breast cancer survivors, and loves every moment of it! Follow Ms. Donofree on Twitter:@AnaOnoIntimates.
Beth Gainer is a breast cancer survivor who writes a blog titled Calling the Shots. She anticipates the release of her book on patient empowerment, Calling the Shots in Your Medical Care, in summer 2016. Her essay on her breast cancer experience, "Breaking Barriers" was published in LaChance Publishing's anthology Voices of Breast Cancer. She has been featured on Huffington Post Live, as well as a variety of other media venues. Follow her on Twitter at @bethlgainer.
Mandi Hudson is a 36-year-old living with stage IV breast cancer. She writes about metastatic disease on her blog, Darn Good Lemonade. Mandi became a Hear My Voice: Metastatic Breast Cancer Outreach Volunteer in 2015. When she’s not on her cancer soapbox, Mandi is surrounded by her three dog “kids” while hanging out with her hubby, and one awesome dude, Mike. Follow Mandi on Twitter at @advertisinggeek.
Ayanna Kalasunas is 35 years old and living with metastatic breast cancer. She lives in South Philadelphia with her husband Michael. She’s an LBBC board member and active participant in Living Beyond Breast Cancer's Reach & Raise Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter at @ayannazakia.
Nicole McLean is the founder and blogger of My Fabulous Boobies. Nicole started blogging immediately after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This began as a personal chronicle of her journey through treatment; a way for her friends and family to keep up with how she was doing. The blog continues to chronicle her life as a survivor and provides information regarding survivorship and newsworthy stories about breast cancer research. My Fabulous Boobies has received several awards and acknowledgements from members of the breast cancer community. Follow Ms. McLean on Twitter at @MyFabBoobies.