In our final issue of Insight (Winter 2018/2019), we lead with “Challenges Treating Older Adults With Breast Cancer,” a look at how treatment differs for older people and ways to get the best care. We spoke with Rachel Freedman, MD, MPH, from Dana-Faber Cancer Institute in Boston and Arti Hurria, MD, director for Cancer and Aging at City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles, about the decisions that go into treating older adults, why research shows less about this group, and how to speak with your doctor to get care that is appropriate for you.
The Winter 2018/2019 issue of Insights on Metastatic Breast Cancer features “Listen to Your Body: Staying Physically Active After a Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis.” We spoke to women who enjoy hiking, running, aerobic fitness classes and other activities about what how they had to adjust with diagnosis and treatment. We also spoke with the president of the American College of Sports Medicine, Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, cancer exercise specialist Sami Mansfield, and breast oncologist Pallav K. Mehta, MD, about considerations and techniques for staying active.
The Fall 2018 Insights on Metastatic Breast Cancer includes an article on medical marijuana, an increasingly available option for people struggling with side effects, but one that is not well understood. Medical marijuana is banned by the federal government, but many states now allow it. This article brings up some of the questions you should ask if you are interested in medical marijuana including legal concerns, how it could affect your job and whether it seems to help people with your side effects. It features interviews with Mellar P. Davis, MD, FCCP, FAAHPM, a medical oncologist with a specialty in hospice and palliative medicine at Geisinger Medical Center, and Joanna Morales, Esq, the CEO of Triage Cancer, as well as three women who have used medical marijuana for side effects.
Headlines that proclaim what foods cause cancer and what foods prevent cancer are a common and frustrating part of health coverage. The cover story for the fall 2018 issue of Insight is “Eating Well After Diagnosis,” an article to help you get past the noise to important ways you can take care of your body through food choices in daily life. In the piece are interviews with women whose diagnosis pushed them to think more about their diet, along with input from experts Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a senior nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and Abby Wetzel, MS, RD, LDN, a dietitian at Abramson Cancer Institute in Philadelphia.
Our spring 2018 issue of Insights on Metastatic Breast Cancer looks at CDK 4/6 inhibitors, medicines that are being used more and more to treat hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer. It features accounts from women who have taken these medicines and expertise from healthcare providers. This issue also features a Q&A with Matt Hines, whose wife, April Hines, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2016.
Surgery is a common part of breast cancer treatment. Though it’s effective, the recovery that comes with it can be tough. Sore, tight, painful muscles, sensitive skin and fluid buildup in the surgery site can all be part of recovery. Learn more about recovering from breast cancer surgery in the cover story of the spring 2018 issue of Insight. The story features interviews with people who have had different types of breast cancer surgery and different experiences recovering from those surgeries. It also includes expertise from healthcare providers.
Our winter 2017/2018 issue of Insights on Metastatic Breast Cancer looks at the financial cost of metastatic breast cancer, and how to pay for treatment that can seem impossible to afford. It features accounts from women who have faced financial issues because of metastatic breast cancer, and expertise from Joanna Morales, Esq, CEO of Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit providing education and resources for cancer survivorship, and associate professor of medicine at Duke University Yousuf Zafar, MD.
Clinical trials are studies carried out in people to learn more about diseases, like breast cancer, and their treatments. But only 3 percent of adults with a cancer diagnosis participate in clinical trials. Learn more about clinical trials from the cover story of the winter 2017/2018 issue of Insight. The story features interviews with people who have participated in clinical trials, and with oncologist Lawrence Wickerham, MD, and BreastCancerTrials.org program director Elly Cohen, PhD.
Our fall 2017 issue of Insights on Metastatic Breast Cancer looks at how metastatic breast cancer can affect sex and intimacy, both physically and emotionally. It provides information about talking to current or potential partners, and healthcare providers, about these sensitive, but important issues. It features accounts from women who have faced sexual problems after being diagnosed, and expertise from Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, CST, a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex therapist.
If you're facing other medical conditions while getting treatment for breast cancer, you aren't alone. Those other conditions are called comorbidities, and they can affect your quality of life and what breast cancer treatments you receive. Learn more about comorbidities from the cover story of the fall 2017 issue of Insight. The story features interviews with people who have had multiple health issues at the same time as breast cancer, and with oncologist Gretchen G. Kimmick, MD, MS.
Our summer 2017 issue of Insights on Metastatic Breast Cancer looks at the many types of loss people with metastatic breast cancer experience, and how to cope with those losses. This issue also features a Q&A with Mary Jennings Smith. Mary has metastatic inflammatory breast cancer and is passionate about spreading awareness of this little-understood form of breast cancer.
The cover story of the summer 2017 issue of Insight explores how a mood or anxiety disorder can affect your experience with breast cancer. It is common to face breast cancer and a mood or anxiety disorder at the same time, and with proper care and coordination between your providers, you can learn to handle both issues. Through interviews with people who have had breast cancer and mood or anxiety disorders, and with medical experts, including psychologist Pamela Ginsberg, PhD, and oncologist Ruth Oratz, MD, FACP, this article sheds a light on how common a situation this is and provides practical tips for getting the care you need.