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Our intent In listing the articles below is  to provide information on all aspects of breast cancer prevention and treatment.  All articles that are submitted are reviewed by a PinkHippy.org board member to ensure that they are relevant, informative, useful, non-judgmental, and written in terms we can all understand.

New Treatment for Lymphedema 


Some patients that have had lymph nodes removed as part of their surgery or treatment develop lymphedema – an uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition in which lymph fluid collects at the site of removed lymph nodes causing swelling that can limit mobility and functionality.  Radiation can also increase the risk of developing lyphedema in some patients.  It usually treated withspecialized massage, compression sleeves or wrapping, yoga and exercise, but in severe cases this may only bring temporary relief.  There are other options for avoiding or treating lymphedema.

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Every Day's A School Day

My suvivor story isn't a gee whiz, wow, poor you story.  It's kind of average.  I was diagnosed at age 62 with Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, ER+, Her-2 negative.  I was a confirmed workaholic who routinely rescheduled, or forgot to schedule, mammograms.  I got called when I was 6 months overdue, and slunk in guilty as charged to get up to date. 
courtesy of Melody Davis - Breast Cancer Survivor
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Tips for Dealing with Some of the Side Effects of Cancer Treatment 

One of the agents used in chemotherapy, Taxol, is known to cause neuropathy in the hands and feet, as well as nail discoloration and loss. Holding ice in your hands during chemotherapy constricts the blood vessels, reducing the amount of chemo drugs flowing into that area, and that helps.

article courtesy of Chitra Viswanathan, M.D. - Breast Cancer Survivor & Physician
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Help for"Chemo Brain"

The term “chemo-brain” , often described as a "mental fog", refers to post chemotherapy cognitive impairments.  Research supports different causes for this change in patients including side effects from chemotherapy, radiation, infections, cancer, and medications.  There is help for those experiencing problems with memory, attention, word finding and other cognitive skills.

article courtesy of Matthew Frederick, MS, CCC-SLP et al.
 St. Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center

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Reflexology and Cancer

Reflexology is a complementary modality where specific areas of the foot, hand, and ears are stimulated by specialized thumb and finger techniques to effectively reduce stress and tension in the body.  Circulation is improved, pain is lessened, and the body is better able to assist in the healing process when it is in a relaxed state.  

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Music Therapy

Humans have been making music ever since they realized that tapping two sticks together could create an engaging beat. Music can foster feelings of joy and unleash our creativity. Ever versatile, music can set the tone for fun or relaxation, and can impel us to move our bodies, whether for exercise or self-expression.

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Men Get Breast Cancer Too

Breast Cancer used to be thought of as something that occured only in women - but breast cancer does not discriminate and in case you didn't notice men have breasts too.While breast cancer is less common among men than women the fact remains that it is a very real diagnosis that carries with it a stigma born of a lack of knowledge.

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Massage Therapy for Individuals Journeying with Cancer 

Megan Belanger, LMT, knocks gently against the door and quietly enters a treatment room in Westborough, Massachusetts. The massage therapist is ready to engage. She could as easily be opening the door to provide support for athletes in training or to join patients receiving infusions at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center.

What do Megan's clients share in common? They are individuals living with cancer. Some are actively in treatment. Others are multiple years into survivorship, but all benefit through safe, supportive care provided by a practitioner trained in oncology massage.

By Beth Terhune, NP, RN, MA, LMT 
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Lymphedema – Are You or Someone You Know At Risk?

Lymphedema is a largely underdiagnosed condition, and anyone who’s had any type of mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation treatment, lymph node removal, node biopsy, or even surgeries or trauma to the limbs should absolutely know what it is, ways that you may be able to reduce your risk of developing it, and early signs.

- by Megan Belanger, LMT, CLT 
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Foods That Help Ease Cancer-Related Nausea

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and certain medications can take a toll on patients, with side effects such as nausea. Although you may experience a loss of appetite during treatment, it is important to find ways to give your body the nutrients it needs.

There are simple strategies to help you manage nausea.

Courtesy of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 'Insight' Blog   -  November 2013
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