Blog: Breast cancer

HER2-positive breast cancer: foods to eat or avoid

A breast cancer diagnosis comes with a long list of things to worry about. For many women, some of them include diet and nutrition.

On breast cancer and certainty: Some myths to consider

A BRCA gene mutation and a mammogram do not always have definite outcomes. Similarly, it is not always definite that a breast abnormality is directly life-threatening.

Abortion, implants, and - could needle biopsies promote breast cancer?

Does the biopsy needle help cancer spread? Do abortions increase breast cancer risk? What about family history? How do implants affect doctors’ ability to diagnose a breast tumour? More myths being dispelled!

Mammogram radiation risks, fertility treatments, family history and breast cancer

Could annual mammograms cause breast cancer? What about fertility treatments with hormones? Is a breast tumour preventable if there is no history in the family?

Fruits and vegetables for cancer patients

What is it about fruits and vegetables that make them necessary? What is the research behind their benefits? And how can they help those diagnosed with cancer?

Fish protects and strengthens against breast cancer

You probably know that you are supposed to eat fish regularly. However, you might not know the many different ways that fish benefits our health. 

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Vitamin D is special, as it does not only come from food, but also the sun. Researchers recently published a map of vitamin D deficiency across Europe, which could make you think about your own vitamin D levels.

Doug asks men to be as aware as women are with breast cancer

Men can get breast cancer, too: 1 in 1000 men will develop this condition in their lifetime. Doug is one of them, and he answered our questions in a similarly unique manner.

Caffeine and breast cancer risk, lumpy breasts, and father’s family history

We are constantly bombarded with cancer risk factors: what we eat and drink, breast size, genetics… the list is endless. In this article we will review some of the myths.

Extending aromatase inhibitor therapy reduced breast cancer recurrence

Every year, the largest cancer conference delivers new research and hope for cancer patients worldwide - and this year's is no exception. In this article we provide details on a significant breast cancer finding, straight from Chicago.

Body Mass Index and breast cancer

Research shows that a woman’s weight may affect the outcomes of her breast cancer treatment. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number that indicates whether someone is underweight, normal, or overweight. In this article, we present the studies that correlate BMI with breast cancer.

The risk of breast cancer per age group, how mastectomy affects it, and more

How high is the risk of breast cancer for a woman in her 30s? Does breast size affect risk? Does a mastectomy mean that it is impossible for a breast tumour to develop?

Family history of breast cancer, lumps mistaken for tumours, and other myths

Can someone with no family history get breast cancer? Does the type of bra you are wearing affect your risk? What about having implants? If a lump is found, is it definitely cancer? And, does breast cancer affect women only?

Triple-negative breast cancer - diet and nutrition

Triple negative breast cancer is a particularly challenging condition. Can diet and overall nutrition improvements help our treatments? We present the latest research.

Introducing Rosemary and her Cystaract

She named her blog after a cyst: that cyst led to her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015. She posts blog articles and videos, and she is soon going to be a grandmother! Please allow us to introduce Rosemary.

Miranda suggests to look after yourself, and start blogging

Miranda started blogging immediately after her breast cancer diagnosis. She thought it was a good way to help others who are going through the same experiences, and also help her look back.

If life is a marathon, Jackie is happy to run it

Jackie volunteers for breast cancer charities, runs half marathons, and is only weeks away from her first full marathon! And that's only 2 years after her breast cancer diagnosis!

From nurse, to patient, to blogger - meet Dawn

Dawn is a talented writer, with an incredible story that includes a brain tumour, breast cancer, multiple operations and medical treatments. And when she answered our questions, she made it all look so easy.

For Maddie, blogging adds perspective

Maddie started blogging only a few days after her breast cancer diagnosis. As if that wasn’t enough, during her radiotherapy treatments she started a breast and testicular cancer awareness charity called Feel Yourself Campaign.

How Marie is talking openly about breast cancer

Marie has been blogging since 2015, and has a unique way of writing about her experiences with breast cancer. This has even led others to reach out to her. Let’s get to know her better…

Introducing FEC-THis

Please allow us to introduce Tracy, who has been blogging since her HER2-positive diagnosis of breast cancer in 2012. She was kind enough to tell us more about herself and her blog (whose name is certainly perplexing for the “uninitiated”). We heard her views on sharing experiences with cancer, some links to other blogs she follows, and we were glad to hear she is also participating in a clinical trial!

Scars on the body and soul of a cancer survivor

In this week’s stories, we read about the scars on the body and the soul of a cancer survivor and we learn what we can do to protect ourselves from a rare type of breast cancer.

Overcoming breast cancer with our strength and our caregivers’ support

Cancer is a challenging period in every patient’s life. Although you may feel that it changes you, your family will always love you and help you realize how strong you are. After all, those who care about you will always manage to find a way to turn the negative side into a positive one. These are stories written by women who have experienced it one way or another.

Promising results in immunotherapy

Professor Håkan Mellstedt is a medical oncologist at the Cancer Center Karolinska in Sweden, with extensive clinical and academic experience. In this article, Prof. Mellstedt, also a member of our Scientific Committee, explains the basics of immunotherapy and key research being conducted across cancer types.

The right attitude during and after cancer - Bloggers speak up

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it you’ll never go anywhere.” Some patients have gotten this 100% right, and they apply this principle both during and after their treatments. And if you like quotes, here’s one to write down: “Fear isn’t real, it’s all in your head”.

Optimism, strength, determination, compassion and humor against cancer

On our ride around the web, we came across inspiring stories of people facing cancer: the story of Kathy who decides to take her destiny into her own hands; of another blogger who faces cancer with optimism and humor; and of Nancy, who writes a book to help other cancer fighters face their fears. We met a woman with epilepsy and cancer and realized how difficult her daily pill routine is. Then, we learned that sometimes breast cancer is pictured inappropriately, and some women find this frustrating. Our last story is the touching monologue of a breast cancer survivor as she waits for her bone scan…

Life is a blessing

There are many inspiring women in the world. Women who keep fighting cancer and who find a way to win their life back. As if that were not enough, they find the courage to communicate their experience to others, who just like them, needed help. Let’s see their stories.

Would cancer make an exception for a Hollywood star?

Cancer does not make exceptions. This disease is unexpected and can affect each and every one of us… even Hollywood stars. Read the latest from blogs and around the web, including reactions to Angelina Jolie's article and personal stories of hope, persistence and inspiration.

We all react differently to cancer

Have you ever considered what you would do if you discovered that you had cancer? And if you have, how did you react when you learned about it? How does such knowledge change your attitude towards life? People with cancer react in different ways. Some of them try to understand the disease and find a way to stay strong and keep fighting. On the other hand, there are patients who don’t even try to recover. Read the following stories and you will understand exactly what I mean.

“Unprecedented” improvement for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer patients

HER2-positive accounts for 1 in 4 breast cancer cases. Metastatic disease is particularly challenging, and researchers have been trying to find a way to support these patients. A new combination of drugs was found very beneficial in a study, and this could help thousands of women worldwide.

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