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.


January 1, 2018

In January, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG, answered your questions about the long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment.

December 1, 2017

La información médica puede ser difícil de entender. Hablar un idioma distinto a sus proveedores de cuidado médico lo hace aún más difícil. Es por ello que en diciembre, la experta de Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Evelyn Robles Rodríguez, RN, MSN, APN, AOCN, respondió a sus preguntas en español y en inglés, sobre cómo obtener información y cuidado del cáncer de mama en español.

December 1, 2017

Medical information can be hard to understand. Speaking a different language than your healthcare providers makes it even more difficult. That’s why, in December, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, RN, MSN, APN, AOCN, answered your questions, in Spanish and in English, about getting breast cancer care and information in Spanish.

November 1, 2017

Caring for someone with breast cancer can be physically, emotionally and financially exhausting. A caregiver may have to play the roles of spouse, friend, lover, note-taker, driver, cook, nurse, spokesperson and more. It isn’t easy. In November, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Allison Schaffer, LCSW, answered your questions about caregiving. 

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.