Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez DNP, APN, AOCN
Director of Outreach, Prevention, and Survivorship, MD Anderson at Cooper
Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, DNP, 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.
She serves as the director for outreach, prevention, and survivorship, and she is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is committed to the cancer education of the lay and professional community.
Evelyn's research interests are in breast cancer, solid tumors, cancer screening and prevention, women's health, and cancer survivorship.
Neutropenia is a condition caused by lower-than-normal amounts of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell. Chemotherapy can cause neutropenia because it kills rapidly dividing cells, including cancer cells and healthy white blood cells. Other cancer treatments can also cause neutropenia.
Common fear of recurrence triggers
Certain events, anniversaries, or activities in your life could remind you of cancer and trigger, or bring out, your concerns about recurrence.
Managing your fear of recurrence
There are many different ways to cope with fears after treatment is over. Try different strategies to find the ones that work best for you
Getting support for fear of recurrence
Talking about your fears will help you process them. Still, you may struggle to find someone you feel comfortable sharing your fears with.
Bone loss happens when more bone cells break down than are rebuilt. That causes bones to weaken and become more likely to fracture or break. Having breast cancer does not cause bone loss but some common treatments can increase risk. Learn what you can to support your bone health during and after breast cancer treatment.
Your medical team
Your healthcare providers are a key part of your support team. Many hospitals take a team-based approach to care, meaning your providers work together to follow your case and meet regularly to discuss your treatment.
Prescription mouthwash prevents painful sores caused by metastatic breast cancer treatment
In the SWISH trial, women diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer and treated with exemestane (Aromasin) and everolimus (Afinitor) had fewer and less serious mouth sores when they used a prescription steroid mouthwash during treatment.
ACOG supports vaginal estrogen use for difficult symptoms in hormone-sensitive breast cancer
In a recent committee opinion, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) approved the use of low-dose vaginal estrogen products to relieve vaginal dryness, painful sex and related symptoms in women treated for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.
Tests for metastatic breast cancer
In the time leading up to and after your metastatic diagnosis, you will have a wide variety of medical tests. These first tests help your doctors profile what kind of breast cancer you have, how quickly it is growing, and where it has spread.
What makes metastatic breast cancer different
There are many people who undergo treatment and never have to deal with cancer again. A metastatic breast cancer diagnosis is different because it means you will actively deal with breast cancer for the rest of your life.
Coping with stress in relationships with metastatic breast cancer
You may be afraid to talk about your feelings or fears with friends and family because you think they will become upset or withdraw from you. Yet you might want and even need those conversations.
MBC as a recurrence
No matter how long it’s been since you had breast cancer, finding out that the cancer has metastasized, or spread, may bring feelings of shock, disbelief, anger, betrayal, and sadness.