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5 Things to know if you’re at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer
Do you have a family history of or an inherited risk to breast cancer or ovarian cancer? Have you heard of BRCA mutation? Watch this video to learn how genetic testing can significantly reduce your risk of a late-stage cancer diagnosis, what screenings insurance might cover, and how to talk to your doctor about your breast cancer risk. Learn about the signs and symptoms of breast and ovarian cancer so you know what to watch out for. Thank you to Susan M. Domchek, MD from the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine.
Living with metastatic breast cancer: Managing symptoms and side effects
Managing the side effects of your treatment is crucial to living well with metastatic breast cancer. In this recording, individuals impacted by MBC ask questions of our expert panel, Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO and Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, DNP, APN, AOCN, to get information and tools needed to effectively communicate with a health care team about quality of life and the physical impact of metastatic breast cancer and its treatments.
Ask the expert: Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer
In this video, Oncologist Sameer Gupta, MD, MPH, shares information about the importance of hormone receptor status in getting the right treatment, explains the complexities of HR-targeting therapies, and shares the newest treatment options. Dr. Gupta then answers questions regarding both early-stage and metastatic hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.
Radical self-care: Body, mind and soul
Self-care can make a significant difference to women during and after breast cancer treatment. In this video you will learn about the principles of self-care and healthier living that can help you cope and manage the emotions of your diagnosis, and improve your energy levels and your overall sense of well-being.
Our voices, our stories
A candid conversations with Black women from all walks of life about their breast cancer diagnosis, experiences with implicit racial bias and health inequalities and how they overcame these obstacles to receive standard of care. This discussion is moderated by breast surgical oncologist Monique Gary, DO, MSc, FACS.
Lifting each other up: Tips to improve Black mental health
This conversation between Chawnte’ Randall and Jacci Thompson-Dodd was recorded in July 2020. Chawnte’ died of metastatic breast cancer in November 2020. Chawnte’ was passionate about eliminating the stigma among Black women for getting care for their mental health concerns. We honor Chawnte’ by continuing to share her message.
Supporting someone you love with MBC
An MBC diagnosis affects not only the person diagnosed but also the people who care about and share in their lives. As a care partner, fears for the future, juggling everyday matters, and navigating communication are just a few of the challenges you may face. This session explores these issues shares tools for managing your stress so you can provide the best care for your loved one.
Running on empty: Fed up with fatigue
Cancer-related fatigue can take a toll on every aspect of your life – your mind, body and lifestyle. Seeing friends and family do the things you enjoy in life or in social media posts can make living with fatigue even more distressing because you may feel left out or isolated. Unlike day-to-day exhaustion, cancer-related fatigue impacts more than just your ability to get out of bed in the morning.
During this program presented by our Young Women’s Initiative, our expert, Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG, a nationally- recognized oncology nurse, will discuss practical and medical methods to ease cancer-related fatigue. Ms. Shockney will also offer tools to cope with the social and emotional impacts of living with less energy than before.
Preparing for chemo: What to expect
What to expect on the first day of chemotherapy (and throughout treatment) can cause a sense of worry and uncertainty in many people. In this video, hear from other women that have undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer and shared in the same uneasiness. Learn helpful tips for what to bring with you on treatment days, what to wear and how to help pass the time during the infusion.
Sharing stories: Making breast reconstruction decisions
Breast reconstruction is a personal and complex choice. This session will allow you to join the conversation with women who have made decisions about rebuilding their breasts. Join in the discussion by chatting your comments and asking questions during this interactive session.
Laura Kowal:2021 Going Beyond Honoree
Laura was diagnosed when her daughter was 8 months old. She has shared her personal story to amplify the resources available for women impacted by breast cancer. Laura was Chair of Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s board of directors from 2017-18, leading the organization to new fundraising heights.
Preparing for breast cancer radiation therapy on the left side
Radiation therapy is an important part of treatment for many people diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. High-energy beams are used to destroy cancer cells that were not removed during surgery and to lower the risk of cancer returning to the breast. But the chest is home to other vital organs, including the heart, which can sit very close to the chest wall in many people. Delivering effective radiation treatment while protecting the heart from the effects of radiation is one of the highest priorities for your healthcare team.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer CEO Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, spoke with radiation oncologist Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, about the importance of protecting the heart during radiation therapy, and the technology and techniques that have been developed to make radiation therapy safe.
Roberta Albany: 2021 Going Beyond Honoree
Roberta’s advocacy began with Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Young Advocate Program in September 2015, and continues today as an advisory council member for our national educational series designed to reduce breast cancer health disparities for Black women.
In her story she talks about the importance of knowing your family history and why advocacy matters to her. Roberta is the founder and CEO of Cancer in the Know, and is a contributing author of Bruised, Broken & Blessed.