There are several types of breast cancer, though some are very rare. The most common form in a womanâ€™s lobules (the part of the breast where milk develops) or in the ducts (the tiny tubes that deliver milk to the nipple). Cancer that remains in its place of origin, either in the ducts or the lobules, is considered â€śin situ,â€ť or â€śin place.â€ť Invasive cancer occurs when the malignant cells break through the ducts or lobules and spread to the surrounding breast tissue and/or the lymph system and other parts of the body.
More and more advanced techniques have and are being developed every day to bring hope for a cure to this disease. In past years, a woman would only have a few choices. Now, with the help of her professional care team, treatment can be more specified to the individual. TheBreastCareSite offers information on treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, as well as holistic and artistic healing therapies to help you with your decision process.
After their surgery is complete breast cancer patients face a whole range of new issues. These range from concerns about body image, to post-surgical medical care, to the need for information on products that will help lumpectomy and mastectomy patients achieve a "natural" appearance. The following articles are designed to address many of these issues.
Itâ€™s important to start exercising as soon as possible, preferably before or during the course of adjuvant treatment. The sooner you start, the less likely you are to get stuck in the vicious cycle of feeling fatigued, not exercising, feeling more fatigued and even less willing to exercise, and so on. Once you start, you will probably find yourself eager and motivated to continue. Studies found that breast cancer survivors who were instructed to exercise were very motivated to do so and were able to stick with the program.
There's no single definition of "family," but what holds them together is a basic promise to work together through the experiences of this life. Please take some time to explore our collection of articles about families going through the breast cancer experience -- from the point of view of children, parents, and of course, partners. If you have comments about our site, or other tips that we haven't covered, please share them with us.
Breast cancer is no laughing matter. But it could matter if you laugh. Bill Cosby once said â€śThrough humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.â€ť
Women surviving breast cancer can know with comfort - life is what you make it.
Christine K. Clifford, CSP
Humorist, Author, Professional Speaker President/Chief Executive Officer of The Cancer Club.
All of us have read or heard stories about people who turn lemons into lemonade. It isn't often that we get the privilege of meeting such an individual.
Before her bout with breast cancer, Christine Clifford had definitely cracked the "glass ceiling". At the age of 40, she was Senior Executive Vice President for SPAR Marketing Services, an international information and merchandising services firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Once the top salesperson in the billion dollar service industry, Christine was responsible for accounts with Kmart, Toys 'R' Us, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon, among others.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in December of '94, Christine went on to write four award-winning portrayals of her story in her books entitled Not Now.. I'm Having a No Hair Day!, Our Family Has Cancer, Too! written especially for children, Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams, and Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter. Her book Your Guardian Angelâ€™s Gift has just been released.
Christine is President and Chief Executive Officer of THE CANCER CLUB, a company designed to market humorous and helpful products internationally for people who have cancer.
She has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, MORE magazine, SELF, American Health, Golf Digest, Today's Christian Woman, as well as The Singapore Women's Weekly and the Hindu in India. Christine appeared on CNN Live as "one of the world's leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor".
Host of The Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf Invitational, a benefit for breast cancer research, Christine's inaugural event in 1998 raised over $100,000, making it the most successful first-year event in the history of the American Cancer Society. Christine's total contribution has been over $1,000,000.
Christine received her CSP designation (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speakers Association. Less than 300 people hold the CSP, putting Christine in the top 7% of professional speakers worldwide.
Christine is married to speaker/author Harry Beckwith (Selling the Invisible) and between them, they have six children: Tim, Brooks, Harry, Will, Cole, & Cooper, and a cat Simone. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.