When cancer survivor Lizelle Knott was diagnosed with breast cancer, there was one thing that she just couldn’t accept: losing her hair. Again.
At age 16, Lizelle had been diagnosed with Stage IV Lymphoma, and the treatment made all her hair fall out – a devastating experience for a young girl. Now a wife and mother, Lizelle had no choice about fighting cancer a second time – but this time, she made up her mind to hang onto her hair. (more…)
Sometimes, it can seem as though breast cancer is everywhere: everyone knows someone, everyone’s family is touched by it.
The chord struck by breast cancer is evident in the avalanche of pink ribbons that’s everywhere from the Internet to our streets, and the many stories of those who have survived as well as tributes to those who did not.
There are many spin-offs from this high level of public awareness, and one of them is ready funding for more research, which is showing great results.
But even though the general public may be more aware of “breast cancer” than is true for most other forms of cancer, international research shows that most women who have been treated for breast cancer, do not know what kind of tumour they had. Yet from any doctor’s point of view, this is first-ranking information! (more…)
Breast cancer patients tend to be a well informed bunch, who turn up to medical appointments with print outs and well considered questions.
However, a recent study in California found that only a small minority of breast cancer patients understood all the key aspects of their tumours.
The stage, grade and sensitivity of your tumour determines the type of treatment you will have. Whilst thorough patient education would not necessarily change the outcome of the treatment in a direct way, it is likely to improve the patient’s experience of that treatment as well as her ability to stick with it. (more…)
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a geological feature at the heart of Australia with huge cultural significance to people living there. For indigenous Australians, it is holy ground, representing millenia of history, mythology, and their symbiotic relationship with the land. Every inch of this awe inspiring rock is celebrated, represented, and connected with places far and wide across Australia through the “song-lines” which unite and re-unite people over time. Uluru is the ultimate Memory Space and a focus of healing for the peoples of Australia, both ancient and recent. (more…)
It’s hard to know what to say when your friend or relative tells you they have cancer. In that painful moment our tact, good sense, knowledge and insight is put to the test – and so easily fails us.
As Joanna Moorhead of the Daily Mail recently wrote, the most inappropriate comments and messages have, at least, provided some laugh-out-loud moments after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. But with just a little effort, we really can do better. Here’s a guide to What Not To Say, and a few suggestions of better options. (more…)
Unlike many other organs or tissues of the body, a woman’s breasts are shaped and defined by time. (more…)
Any excuse to celebrate, and millions of birthday parties around the world tell the story – cancer, though still a big public health concern, is not a death sentence. (more…)
For some time it’s been known that maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D helps prevent cancer, especially colo-rectal cancer but also of the breast, pancreas and bladder. Now there’s evidence that women who already have breast cancer can benefit from increased Vitamin D. (more…)
For anyone living with cancer and looking for accessible, trustworthy resources, Ken Pope’s psychology resource pages are a goldmine. He provides this valuable service at no charge and always shares freely with other interested groups. (more…)