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Barbara Jacoby

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By Barbara Jacoby

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    • The Doctor/Patient Relationship Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      To me, the right doctor/patient relationships are the single most important factors in any breast cancer journey that a person takes.
    • Reconstruction or No Reconstruction Created: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      For anyone with Breast Cancer facing a mastectomy, one of the main issues to be decided is whether to undergo reconstruction. In my case, it was never
    • Know Your Breast Lumps Created: Monday, September 18, 2006 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      There are four kinds of breast lumps: cysts, fibroadenomas, pseudolumps, and cancer. When you are doing a breast self-exam (BSE) you can feel breast lumps and differences in breast texture. Knowing the difference between harmless and harmful breast lumps is important to your breast health. Learn more about breast lumps here.
    • What is The Physiology of the Breast Video Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Learn and understand the physiology of the female breast and its changes.
    • How to Keep A Breast Exam Journal Video Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      It is important to keep an breast cancer exam journal to track your health. Learn how and where you can keep track of your progress and monthly exams for breast cancer.
    • What is Breast Cancer Video Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Breast cancer is cancer around the tissue of the breast. About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Watch our video to learn more about the facts of breast cancer and how it h...
    • What are Horizontal Techniques for Male Breast Exams Video Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Male examination for breast cancer is different from the female method. The methods are different, but the signs are the same. Learn how to check for male breast cancer, and know what to do.
    • How Does Breast Cancer Harm the Body Video Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Breast cancer can harm your entire body. Learn more of the dangers and harmfulness to your body from breast cancer.
    • How to Recognize Breast Cancer Symptoms Video Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      There are many to check and see if you have signs of breast cancer. Watch our video to learn the various methods to take early action.
    • No Man (or Woman) Is An Island Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Let’s talk about the Breast Cancer patient first. Of course, there are always those who believe that they can do anything by themselves but this is...
    • Music and Healing Created: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      But I do know that until recently, I was missing out on one of the most wonderful opportunities to help in my breast cancer healing. But I do know...
    • It's All About Hope Created: Friday, July 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      I can’t tell you how many times I've been moved to tears when someone shares what they endured in order to do a walk to raise funds for breast cancer
    • Does Discipline Make A Difference? Created: Monday, July 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      I have been led to believe that if we lead a life that is disciplined, we will not get breast cancer. It’s like following the rules and regulations...
    • Dare To Be Great Created: Saturday, July 05, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014
      I know a spouse who was the caregiver for his wife through her Breast Cancer lumpectomy, her double mastectomy, her breast reconstruction surgery...
    • You Are Not Alone Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014
      No matter your needs or your level of involvement with your own Breast Cancer care, it helps to know that assistance and people who care are just a quick
    • Pseudolumps: Other Benign Breast Lumps Created: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Most benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps are cysts or fibroadenomas. But what if you have an unexplained breast lump? It could be due to scar tissue, radiation, compressed tissue, or old silicone...
    • When Can I Say I Am a Breast Cancer Survivor? Created: Friday, September 11, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      When can I say I am a breast cancer survivor? There are several opinions on this - medical, personal, and cultural factors may influence when you start saying you are a breast cancer survivor. Re...
    • Causes and Treatments for a Sharp Pain in Your Breast Created: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What is that sharp pain in your breast? Knowing some of the causes of sharp pain in the breast or beneath the breast can help calm your fears. Get a diagnosis and treatment plan for sharp pain in your breast - you can learn how here.
    • Breastfeeding Helps Prevent Breast Cancer, Lowers Your Risk Created: Monday, July 30, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      You can lower your risk of developing breast cancer by breastfeeding your baby. And if your baby is a girl, her risk can also be reduced. Learn how long to breastfeed to lower your risk, whether o...
    • Know Your Tumor Size Created: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Finding out the exact size of your breast cancer tumor affects the staging of your cancer and your treatment decisions. Do you know what size your tumor is? Here's a good way to visualize your tumo...
    • Fingernail Disorders During Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Created: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Your fingernails reveal a lot about your health. During chemotherapy for breast cancer, you may experience problems with the nails on your fingers and toes. Understanding the causes and symptoms of...
    • Invasive (Infiltrating) Breast Cancer Created: Monday, July 28, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Invasive, or infiltrating, breast cancer has the potential to spread out of the original tumor site and invade other parts of your breast and body. There are several types and subtypes of invasive ...
    • Tumor Marker Test Overview – Breast Cancer Tumor Marker Tests Created: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Tumor markers are substances that show up in your blood, urine, or tumor. Oncologists use tumor marker tests to detect, diagnose, and monitor cancer. There are several tumor marker test specific ...
    • Benign Nipple Discharge Created: Sunday, February 17, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Nipple discharge is fluid that comes from the nipple. It may be different colors and textures. Most of the time, it is not malignant and it not a sign of cancer. Here are some common causes of pre-...
    • Why Don’t We Have Annual Ultrasounds Instead of Annual Mammograms? Created: Thursday, October 22, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Why don't doctors ask for an annual ultrasound instead of a mammogram? A mammogram is painful and uses radiation - an ultrasound is comfortable and uses sound waves. Why do we still need mammograms...
    • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma - IDC Created: Thursday, July 10, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) is the most common type of breast cancer. It begins in the milk ducts and invades nearby breast tissue. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatments for th...
    • Breast Calcifications On Your Mammogram Created: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Calcifications are a feature that can show up on your mammogram. They are not breast cancer, and they don't always mean trouble. Find out what the two kinds of calcifications are and what they mean...
    • Hormone Receptor Status and Diagnosis - Estrogen and Progesterone Created: Friday, June 30, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Estrogen and Progesterone biomarker tests results will appear on your pathology report. Understanding the test results is important, because this information affects your treatment as well as your ...
    • Capsular Contracture and Breast Implants Created: Friday, June 29, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Breast implants for postmastectomy reconstruction may develop capsular contracture during healing. A stiff layer of tissue around the implant can require corrective surgery or nonsurgical treatment...
    • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy for Breast Abnormalities Created: Friday, August 08, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      A stereotactic biopsy is used take samples from a lump that cannot be felt during a breast exam, but can be seen on a mammogram or an ultrasound. Stereo mammograms are taken and sent to a computer,...
    • HER2/neu and Diagnosis Created: Friday, June 23, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      HER2, which is also called HER2/neu, and HER-2, is the acronym for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. Knowing your HER2 status is an important part of your diagnosis.
    • Breast Pain: Cyclical and Noncyclical Created: Monday, February 28, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Breast pain or breast tenderness can occur in pre- and post menopausal women, and even in men. Breast pain may be cyclical, noncyclical, or pain that only seems to be in the breast. Breast pain can...

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