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.
Administrative Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center, Assistant Professor in Dept of Surgery and University Distinguished Service Assistant Professor at University of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mrs. Lillie Shockney is a registered nurse with a BS degree in Health Care Administration from Saint Joseph's College and a Masters in Administrative Science from the Johns Hopkins University. She has been employed at Johns Hopkins since 1983. Her career has focused on clinical nursing care with a special focus on cancer patients. She has also served as the Director of Performance Improvement and Utilization Management from 1987 to 1997. After a personal experience with breast cancer, when she was diagnosed at age 38 in 1992, Mrs. Shockney began to contribute additional time to the hospital as a volunteer for the Breast Center. In this role she conducted patient satisfaction surveys, developed quality of care measurement methods, and worked with the clinical team to develop ways to improve patient care and services for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
In 1997 she formally joined the Breast Center staff as the Education and Outreach Director, responsible for:
â€˘ the quality of care programs
â€˘ patient education programs
â€˘ survivor volunteer team
â€˘ community outreach at a local, regional and national level
â€˘ patient advocacy
Mrs. Shockney is a published author on the subject of breast cancer as well as a nationally recognized public speaker on the subject. She has written two books and many articles on this subject. Her current book, recently published as a revised edition (Ogden Publications) is called Breast Cancer Survivor's Club - A Nurse's Experience. Her second book, Journey of Hope, was published by Sprint PCS in 2001 and provided to more than 800 Breast Centers nationally, free, for newly diagnosed women.
She is also involved with numerous national, regional, and local breast cancer organizations and is the co-founder and vice president of a national non-profit organization called "Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer." During the year 2000 she became an Advisory Board and Board of Trustee member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, a member of the the National Consumer Advisory Council, and was appointed to the Board of the National Women's Health Research Center. She also serves as on the Medical Advisory Boards for www.breastcancer.org, Y-ME, Young Survival Coalition, and Men Against Breast Cancer Organizations. She is also the recipient of the Global Business Leadership award, numerous community service awards, was the recipient of the Outstanding Women of American Award, in 1997 was also awarded the Distinguished Graduate for Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1998 received the National Silver Medal Award from the National Consumer Health Information Center for her educational material called: "Breast Cancer -- Making the Right Choices for You." In 1999 she was the recipient of the National Circle of Life. She has appeared in numerous national magazines, and national television programs. She is also involved with numerous national, regional, and local breast cancer organizations and is the co-founder and vice president of a national non-profit organization called "Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer." She is also the recipient of the National Silver Medal from the National Consumer Health Information Center for her educational material called: "Breast Cancer -- Making the Right Choices for You." In 1999 she was the recipient of the National Circle of Life Award and the American Cancer Society's Voice of Hope Award; In 2001, she was the recipient of the ACSâ€™ Lane Adams Award for Excellence in Caring; In 2000, she was selected as an "Unsung Hero" for breast cancer by Pharmacia & Upjohn's 2001 calendar, and is featured in Discovery Health Television's documentary on Hopkins Nursing airing January and February 2001. She also is featured in two books released the beginning of 2001, both inspirational books about cancer patients and the obstacles they have overcome. In October 2000, Sprint and Samsung released a workbook and video for couples. The resource kit is specifically for a woman and her partner who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Mrs. Shockney is the author of the workbook and featured in the video. 50,000 copies of the workbook and video are being distributed to breast cancer patients for free nationally. She has also received the 2001 Lane A. Adams Award for Excellence in Caring from the American Cancer Society (ACS) at its national meeting in Atlanta. The prestigious award is given annually to caregivers who demonstrate consistent excellence and innovation in providing compassionate skilled care and counsel to persons with cancer and their families. The ACS has been honoring individuals for their exemplary care for the last 15 years. Mrs. Shockney was one of 11 awardees selected from nationwide nominations. Mrs. Lillie Shockney has also recieved the 2002 Faces of Breast Cancer, ACS, and 2002 Oncology Nursing Society Award for Excellence in Breast Cancer Education awards. In 2003 she was the recipient of th Impact Award from the National Consortium of Breast Centers for her life time achievement in making measurable improvements nationally with the treatment of breast cancer. She also was the recipient of the Komen Award from the Maryland Affiliate in 2003 as well.In 2004 she was a finalist for the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Spirit of Survivorship award and also was selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland for her leadership and community service efforts. She is a strong advocate of the value of humor as a beneficial form of complementary medicine and also speaks on this subject often, locally, regionally, and nationally. Mrs. Shockney also has a personal goal- to foster the development and implementation of national quality standards for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer here in the US. The Other Side of Breast Cancer, Above and Beyond Recognition from Amoena, Fall 2003.