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Improving Your Health Literacy

Health literacy means your ability to collect and understand your health information so you can make the best decisions for your unique situation. Read More

Are Transgender Women At Risk for Breast Cancer?
S. Behring

Until recently, the medical community didn’t have data on breast cancer rates in the transgender community. Transgender people have historically faced large amounts of discrimination, and data often wasn’t taken or recorded appropriately. Read More

Bone Health
National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Chemotherapy, says Dr. Theriault, has a major effect on bone health by shutting down the ovaries and causing early menopause in premenopausal women. "This results in a hypoestrogen state with negative impact on bone density."Read More

After Breast Cancer: Challenges of Creating a "New Normal"
Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN - via American Institute for Cancer Research website

People who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have diverse nutrition issues - both during and after cancer treatment. The recommendations provided by AICR to reduce cancer risk can provide an excellent framework, but the recommendations may not be appropriate for someone temporarily struggling with eating.Read More

Breast cancer: Vitamin D could lower risk by 21% in Black and Hispanic women
Hannah Flynn

New research highlights the importance of healthy vitamin D levels in Black and Hispanic women. Read More

When to Worry About Breast Pain
Rachael Zimler, RN, BSN

While anyone can experience breast pain, it’s more common in people with female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone. These hormones play a big role in the fluctuation of breast tissue structure and size.Read More

Losing my temper: Embracing anger after a breast cancer diagnosis
Khristian Roberts

Many women who choose reconstructive surgery after breast cancer are surprised at how different their breasts feel. Others are disappointed when the surgery doesn’t go as planned. And almost none are prepared for the complex emotions of coming to terms with ‘a new body.’ Read More

Physicians must ‘take responsibility’ for bone health of cancer survivors
Talitha Bennett

Bone loss is a natural part of aging — especially due to menopause for women — but certain cancer treatments and prolonged cancer survival can increase the risk for bone loss and the related outcome of fractures.Read More

How Self-Love Helped Me Achieve Body Acceptance After Cancer
Ashley Watson

People can often have a complex relationship with their body. For me, it has become even more complicated as a result of cancer. Read More

Managing Mental Health After a Cancer Diagnosis
Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Experiencing a life-threatening illness affects more than a patient’s physical health. The emotional stress, uncertainty, and physical pain can all take a toll on an individual’s mental health. Read More

Reducing Risk of Recurrence - Ten Lifestyle Changes That May Help
Johns Hopkins Medicine

All breast cancer survivors live with the concern about a recurrence or a new cancer...Learning how to cope with fears of recurrence is important.Read More

Is there a Place for Processed Foods in a Diet to Reduce Cancer Risk?
Karen Collins Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND - American Institute of Cancer Research

The role of processed foods—and especially highly-processed foods—is a hot topic. It’s important, since surveys show that they now constitute the majority of foods in many Americans’ eating patterns. But don’t let headline hype and sound bites distract you from the overall picture of what research shows about how eating patterns can reduce cancer risk.Read More

What Are the Types of Biopsy for Breast Cancer?
Elaine K. Howley

If your doctor suspects breast cancer, you’ll likely have a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.Read More

Breast Cancer: Lymphedema After Treatment
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Women treated for breast cancer who have good skin care and who exercise after treatment are less likely to develop lymphedema. Newer types of lymph node surgery have also helped decrease lymphedema risk. Read More

Staying active indoors: Five tips to keep moving
This Is Living With Cancer

As you go through cancer treatment or recovery, you may be spending more time at home than you did in the past. Read More

Have I Really Let Myself Go? Breast Cancer and Weight Gain

It’s not exactly my fault that I’m overweight. Weight changes, more specifically, weight gain is a popular topic in any breast cancer circle. Look at online communities and discussion boards and you will see women diagnosed with breast cancer, inquiring about the side effects of breast cancer treatment, and whether that will cause weight gain.Read More

Smarter Screening, Risk Assessments Are Key to Eliminating Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes
Jason HarrisJason Harris has worked in journalism for more than 20 years, including stints at daily newspapers and niche publications for oncology and cardiology. He is a senior editor for OncologyLive® and managing editor for Oncology Fellows and the annual Giants of Cancer Care® album. He also contributes to the OncLive On Air and OncFellows podcasts. Email:

“Smarter screening” and a better understanding of the breast cancers women of color are more likely to develop are all crucial to helping these patients survive this disease at the same rates as their White counterparts.Read More

Artificial intelligence aids in discovery of new prognostic biomarkers for breast cancer
Case Western Reserve University

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have used artificial intelligence (AI) to identify new biomarkers for breast cancer that can predict whether the cancer will return after treatment—and which can be identified from routinely acquired tissue biopsy samples of early-stage breast cancer.Read More

Write, talk, laugh, repeat: One caregiver’s guide to coping
Debbie Legault

Cancer changes people, and it also changes the people who support them. It’s very important that your loved ones are made aware that you are not the same, that you are going to need time to work your way back to calm. Read More

Two New Studies Suggest Diet Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors Live Longer
Mya Nelson, Science Writer for American Institute for Cancer Research

Can breast cancer survivors’ diets help them live longer? Two new studies – both partially funded by AICR – suggest yes. The research yields important insights into an area that has previously given inconclusive findings.Read More

A dangerous breast cancer gene mutation changed my life. As a health reporter, I want you to know about it.
Susan Berger, Lily Contributor

Most of us have heard about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes...but what about the PALB2 gene, which stands for Partner And Locator of BRCA2?Read More

Cancer and the Holidays
Caring Connections Team - OncoLink

For people who are living with cancer and experiencing an often emotional roller coaster, the holidays can bring the blues. Read More

Mindfulness Can Alter Brain’s Perception of Pain in Cancer Survivors
Marisa Wexler MS

Mindfulness can significantly improve brain health and pain perception in breast cancer survivors, according to a small Canadian study.Read More

How to Tell Coworkers About Your Cancer Diagnosis
Minnesota Oncology

When it comes to your medical history and health concerns, what you choose to divulge is up to you. At the time of your cancer diagnosis, you may have decided to keep that information to yourself rather than sharing it with your coworkers. Read More

Breast Cancer, COVID, and the Holiday Season: Advice for Safely Connecting With Loved Ones
Cheryl Alkon, contributing writer, and Vivian Lee, assistant editor

The COVID-19 pandemic may remain a concern for many people this holiday season. Read More

Breast Cancer: Getting a Second Opinion
Cleveland Clinic

When you have cancer, getting the right treatment the first time is very important. A second opinion can help to ensure that you'll be getting the latest therapy with the best chance of effectively treating the type of cancer you have.Read More

Body Image and Sexual Health
Ann H. Patridge, MD, MPH

Body image and sexual health are two especially burdensome issues to be dealt with after breast cancer treatment, especially by young adults. This presentation by Ann Partridge MD, MPH from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference, 2020, presents research and potential solutions for women dealing with these important issues.Read More

Study identifies nearly 300 chemicals, many in consumer products, that could increase breast cancer risk
Silent Spring Institute

Every day, people are exposed to a variety of synthetic chemicals through the products they use or the food they eat. For many of these chemicals, the health effects are unknown. Read More

Statins may boost survival rate of breast cancer patients

A drug that typically is used to treat high cholesterol may be quite useful in the fight against breast cancer. Read More

Axillary Web Syndrome (Cording)

Axillary web syndrome (AWS), also known as cording, sometimes develops as a side effect of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) or axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Read More

Lumpectomy - 7 Things to Know
Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

A lumpectomy is the most common type of surgery used in breast cancer treatment. At MD Anderson, our breast cancer surgeons perform around 900 lumpectomies each year. Read More

Open Wide: Let’s Talk Oral Health & Breast Cancer
Jill Meyer-Lippert

Caring for your mouth is about far more than having a pretty smile. Read More

Sugar, insulin resistance and cancer: What’s the link?
Danielle Underferth

The metabolic processes that help your body use food for energy and nourishment are extremely complex. The hormone insulin is a key player.Read More

New Cancer Treatments May Be On The Horizon - Thanks to mRNA Vaccines
Stacey Colino

The COVID-19 pandemic brought mRNA vaccines into the limelight. But the technology may also prove to be a powerful weapon against hard-to-treat cancers.Read More

What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Post-COVID Anxiety
Sara Berg

Mental health has been negatively impacted during the pandemic. And as states begin to transition back to a pre-pandemic life, it may cause increased anxiety about reopening for many. Read More

Fertility Drugs Do Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds
Rebecca Lewis

Drugs routinely used during fertility treatments to release eggs do not increase the risk of developing breast cancer, new research has shown.Read More

5 Things I Learned After My Double Mastectomy
Uniquia Smith, PhD

As a former nurse in MD Anderson’s Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), I felt pretty familiar with breast cancer surgery. So, I thought I knew what to expect when I scheduled my own mastectomy last August.Read More

A woman's diet might help her avoid breast cancer
Amy Norton

A new study of more 350,000 women found that women with diets incorporating more foods that increase inflammation in the body had a 12% increase in their risk of breast cancer compared to women consuming more anti-inflammatory diets. Read More

Does immunotherapy treat breast cancer?
Devon Carter

Can immunotherapy treat breast cancer? For certain patients, the answer is yes.Read More

Researchers find that PARP inhibitors could help reduce recurrence and prevent progression to secondary breast cancer
Breast Cancer Now

New research has revealed that a one-year course of a drug called a PARP inhibitor can help to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence, and progression to secondary breast cancer, in people with early breast cancer with a change in the BRCA gene.Read More

Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Survival: What You Should Know
Michelle Pugle

Researchers say higher vitamin D levels may help improve a person’s odds of surviving breast cancer.Read More

Ibrance-Faslodex Combo Continues To Improve Overall Survival in Advanced-Stage, Hormone-Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer
Jamie DePolo

The targeted therapy Ibrance (chemical name: palbociclib) combined with the hormonal therapy Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant) continued to offer better overall survival than Faslodex alone for advanced-stage, hormone-receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer after more than 6 years of follow-up, according to the latest results from the PALOMA-3 trial.Read More

It’s My Cancerversary — Now What?
Monica Haro

Important dates in your cancer journey can bring up a lot of emotions. Honor yourself as you commemorate these days in whatever way feels right for you.Read More

What trans men and nonbinary people need to know about breast cancer
Laurie Ray, DNP

All people (regardless of their sex assigned at birth) have breast tissue and could potentially get breast cancer, but the risk is much higher in people who were AFAB (assigned female at birth). Read More

Breast Cancer: Questions to Ask the Health Care Team

Talking often with the health care team is important to make informed decisions about your health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you.Read More

Writing Therapy: Using a Pen and Paper to Enhance Personal Growth
Courtney E. Ackerman, MA

Have you ever been feeling low, down in the dumps, stuck in a rut, or just plain stressed out? Of course, the answer to that question will be “yes” for everyone! We all fall on hard times, and we all struggle to get back to our equilibrium. For some, getting back to equilibrium can involve seeing a therapist. For others...Read More

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
Jill Seladi-Schulman, PhD and Medically Reviewed by Jenneh Rishe, RN

It’s estimated that between 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers result from inherited gene variations. Genetic testing can help detect gene variations that raise your risk of developing breast cancer.Read More

Body Image and Sexual Health After Breast Cancer
Ann Partridge MD, MPH

Body image and sexual health are two especially burdensome issues to be dealt with after breast cancer treatment, especially by young adults. This presentation by Ann Partridge MD, MPH from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference, 2020, presents research and potential solutions for women dealing with these important issues. Read More

Breast Reconstruction or ‘Go Flat’? What 8 Women Chose
Risa Kerslake

For some, the choice was driven by a quest for normalcy. For others, it was a way to regain control. And for others still, the choice was to “go flat.” Eight brave women share their complex and personal journeys.Read More

Breast Cancer and Mental Health
Young Survival Coalition Staff

A breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can bring a mixture of emotions, including anxiety and depression...Don’t be shy about seeking out mental health professionals for support. You won’t need it forever, but it can help during this time.Read More

What Does It Mean If Breast Cancer Spreads to Your Lymph Nodes?
Medically reviewed by Krystal Cascetta, MD — Written by Ann Pietrangelo on March 30, 2021

After you get a breast cancer diagnosis, it likely won’t be long before your doctor starts talking to you about lymph nodes. Lymph node involvement is an important part of staging and treatment with breast cancer.Read More

Researchers find drug that enables healing without scarring
Christopher Vaughn

A simple question from a mentor..."Why do we scar after injury or surgical incision?" set Michael Longaker, MD on a 34 year question for an answer.Read More

Two Best Friends, A Toddler, and a Life-Changing Retreat
As told by Lillie Shockney, Metastatic Breast Cancer Retreat facilitator.

Mother’s Day can be a day of celebration and it can also be a challenging day as we remember those we have lost. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful opportunity to remember the moms and mother figures who have touched our lives and our hearts.Read More

Breast Cancer and Breastfeeding: Facts to Know
Medela Staff

Many moms want to breastfeed after undergoing breast cancer treatment, and while it may present a few challenges, it's certainly possible.Read More

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Mayo Clinic Staff

Radiation therapy for breast cancer uses high-energy X-rays, protons or other particles to kill cancer cells. Rapidly growing cells, such as cancer cells, are more susceptible to the effects of radiation therapy than are normal cells.Read More

Being Overweight and Breast Cancer

Overweight and obese women — defined as having a BMI (body mass index) over 25 — have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to women who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause. Read More

Finding Your Cancer Mindset
Beverly A Zavaleta MD

Finding your mindset is an important step toward facing cancer each day when you are undergoing chemotherapy. A mindset is a mental attitude or inclination—it acts like a filter through which we see the world and interpret events. It even affects how we view our own feelings. Read More

Life After A Mastectomy
Article from This is Living With Cancer

Not all women feel the same way about their breasts. Maybe breasts don't play too crucial a role in how you identify yourself as a woman. On the other hand, having breasts could be a really important part of your femininity. Read More

How plant-based food helps fight cancer
Mayo Clinic Staff

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. But estimates suggest that as many as a third of cases could be prevented with diet and nutrition alone.Read More

Understanding Radiation Resistance and Barriers to Quality Care with Dr. Lori Pierce
Podcast transcript from Breast Cancer Research Foundation

For so many breast cancer patients, radiation therapy can bring extraordinary benefits—top among them improved survival rates and reduced recurrence. But there are also challenges and questions: Why do some people experience a recurrence after treatment? How can we reduce side effects? How can we ensure the right patients receive radiation therapy—and that the treatment works as well as possible?Read More

Hair Loss and Chemotherapy

Hair loss happens because the chemotherapy affects all cells in the body, not just the cancer cells...The difference is that the normal cells will repair themselves, making these side effects temporary.Read More

Cancer fatigue: Why it occurs and how to cope
Mayo Clinic Staff

Cancer fatigue may be caused by many factors, and the factors that contribute to your cancer fatigue may be completely different from those of someone else. Read More

Menopause and Breast Cancer
UCSF Health

Breast cancer treatment often causes women to enter menopause prematurely. The change in hormone levels and estrogen depletion caused by stopping hormone replacement therapy or undergoing chemotherapy or hormonal therapy can trigger side effects commonly associated with menopause.Read More

6 Women Share How Friendship Is Helping Them Get Through Breast Cancer
By Kristen Domonell

When it comes to coping with the life-changing reality of a breast cancer diagnosis — and navigating the confusing world of treatment options — a strong support system is crucial.Read More

Q&A: Battling cancer, a medical resident opts for COVID-19 vaccine
Brendan Murphy

For months, AMA member Christiana Shoushtari, MD, MPH, a third-year internal medicine resident at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, was fighting on the front lines, attempting to beat back a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Over the summer, she confronted another daunting opponent—breast cancer.Read More

How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis
By Sarina Finkelstein

One in five adults diagnosed with cancer has a child under the age of 18. Here’s how to talk about breast cancer with kids, according to experts and women who’ve lived through a diagnosis. Read More

Address Constipation during Chemotherapy
Brianna DeWitt, PT, DPT

Having regular bowel movements during chemo is important to help detox the body of chemotherapy medications. In doing so, other side effects of chemo can be reduced. Backed-up bowels can also contribute to or worsen nausea and vomiting. Read More

Why Seek a Second Opinion?

Simply getting a breast cancer diagnosis is good enough reason to seek a second opinion. Most people think nothing of shopping around before buying a car, renovating their home, or making some other major purchase. In the case of a cancer diagnosis, it can be helpful and even critically important to get another opinion before you make decisions about treatment.Read More

COVID-19 Vaccine-Linked Adenopathies Could Mimic Breast Malignancies
Whitney J. Palmer

Hyperplastic axillary nodes are common after the administration of a vaccine that prompts a strong immune response, including the current COVID-19 vaccines. Consequently, radiologists should keep this side effect in mind when viewing breast images, said the team led by Nishi Mehta, M.D., a Weill Cornell body and breast imaging fellow.Read More

The Spoon Theory
Renee Sendelbach

When I was first diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), I knew what the side effects of chemo were going to be like because I had gone through chemo & radiation for stage 1 breast cancer a mere 1.5 year before...and how EVERYTHING you do in the day takes energy (spoons) to pay for it, I had an ah-ha moment...I realized how precious my energy is and how important it acknowledge where I spend my energy.Read More

Understanding Your Pathology Report

Pathologists are doctors responsible for looking at your tissue sample under the microscope. This allows them to assess the cells for abnormalities that could lead to the diagnosis of breast cancer.Read More

Metastatic Breast Cancer Clinical Trials and Research
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Participating in a clinical trial is a very personal decision, and a choice that is completely yours to make. If it feels right to you, there are several good reasons to participate...Read More

5 Strengthening Exercises To Try Post Breast Surgery
Lindsay Davey, Registered Physiotherapist

Women recovering from breast cancer treatment typically have a lot of questions regarding when and how they should start exercising. Read More

Cognition and Cancer Treatment
Chris Palmer

Every year more than 650,000 cancer patients in the United States receive chemotherapy. During their therapy, some of them experience confusion, lapses in memory and attention, and difficulty concentrating, a collection of symptoms known colloquially by patients as “chemo brain” or “chemo fog” and more formally by clinicians as cancer-related cognitive impairment. Read More

Coping with Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatment. By learning about this diagnosis and its treatment options, communicating with your health care team, and surrounding yourself with a support network, you will be better able to manage your lymphedema and experience a better quality of life.Read More

6 Ways To Take Back Control After A New Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Being thrust into a whirlwind of shock, confusion, anger after a breast cancer diagnosis can feel like a lesson in losing control. So, we asked around the Rethink community and came up with a list of considerations to keep in mind to help those who are newly diagnosed reclaim a sense of agency during this time.Read More

How to Focus on Yourself This New Year’s Eve - Indulge in These Self-Care Strategies as You Enter 2021
Barbara Field

Nobody could argue with the fact that 2020 was an unpredictable and difficult year. As we usher in 2021, rather than lament that you can’t get jazzed up to go out, see your friends and celebrate the festivities, how about celebrating yourself...Read More

Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatments and Breakthroughs of 2020

Breast cancer treatments are always evolving and improving. In 2019 and 2020, fresh perspectives to approaching cancer therapy led to exciting breakthroughs for treatments in research. Read More

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer Care: What Patients Need to Know
By BCRF | December 11, 2020

Many of us have the same questions on our minds: What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Who is at risk of contracting COVID-19? Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Patients with breast cancer and other cancers have an extra layer of fear, as they navigate concerns about immunity and the safety of continuing treatment.Read More

Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients
Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers - Blog Article

When you’re in recovery or treatment for breast cancer, the medication and treatments come with many side effects that can take an unwanted toll on your body and spirit. Working with your oncologist, you choose a treatment plan for your breast cancer; however, as treatment progresses, you may need to add activities and exercise that benefits you both physically and emotionally, because the toll of treatment can create a lot of anxiety in your life. You need an outlet. Read More

Closing the Gap in Breast Cancer Care and Support for Black Women
By Kaitlin Sullivan and Medically Reviewed by Thomas Urban Marron, MD, PhD

Black and white women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer at about the same rate, but Black women are 40 percent more likely to die of it. Here's how these survivors are trying to change that.Read More

The Link Between Breast Cancer and Heart Disease
Center for Women's Health, Oregon Health & Science University

For the 3 million U.S. women who are survivors of breast cancer –not to mention the 266,000 women expected to be diagnosed this year –understanding the links between breast cancer and heart disease is critical.Read More

Discover 8 Journaling Techniques for Better Mental Health
Stephanie A. Sarkis Ph.D.

One of the great things about journaling is there is no "wrong" way to do it. You can even have fun journaling. Journaling is all about dumping that stuff floating around in your head and then being able to walk away from it. Read More

Food Insecurity and Breast Cancer
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHPTo Life! Support Services Manager

We are entering a season of holidays that traditionally involve celebrations with food, including Thanksgiving. For a growing number of individuals, however, there won’t be tables laden with food.Read More

When Your Hair Is Killing You
By Megan O’ NeillSenior Beauty Editor at Goop

Like many black women, Donna (her name has been changed), a motivational speaker from North Carolina, has chemically straightened her hair for years. The former professional track-and-field athlete started at fifteen, when she and her best friend were finally allowed to buy an at-home relaxer kit.Read More

Breast Cancer, COVID, and the Holiday Season: Advice for Safely Connecting With Loved Ones
By: Cheryl AlkonContributing Writer at BreastCancer.Org

This unprecedented 2020 holiday season may indeed be challenging, especially after months of being apart. But it can help to know that we’re all going through this together.Read More

A Personal Reflection - My Journey With BRCA 2 Positive Status
By: Barbara O’Connell

Let me preface this with a little bit of history. My family was no stranger to conversations about Breast Cancer...I try to live each day as if it is a gift, because to me it is exactly that. Read More

8 Self-Care Tips for Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Medically reviewed by Christina Chun, MPH — Written by Ann Silberman — Updated on March 20, 2019

Having support from your loved ones is important, but with time I’ve learned that being kind to myself is just as important for managing the condition and enjoying a good quality of life. Read More

How to Enjoy Sex Again After Breast Cancer Treatment
By: Michelle PugleHealthline

For women experiencing cancer, intimacy is yet another hurdle in which the onus is on them to overcome....But women need not endure this alone.Read More

Fitness and Breast Cancer
Bob Barnett Interview of Jennifer Ligibel, MD, Medical Oncologist

Is fitness advice for people with cancer changing? Read More

Is It Safe to Get a Mammogram During COVID-19?
Julie Francisco, Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Don't let COVID-19 cause you to delay getting a mammogram. Here is how one screening facility has implemented best practices and procedures to assist patients and their caregivers.Read More

6 Advances in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Cynthia DeMarco

Research has yielded a number of exciting developments in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment that will improve the lives of breast cancer patients for years to come. Read More

When the Storm Comes, Find Your Light
Melissa HurtMelissa Hurt is a certified yoga teacher and communication coach with her Ph.D. in acting theory and MFA in directing pedagogy. She is the owner of Integrative Studio. Learn more at

People look at me--yoga teacher, voice and speech trainer, communication coach, and meditation teacher—and say, “You must feel Zen all the time.” Nope.Read More

4 Ways A Plant-Based Diet Can Improve Breast Cancer Odds
By April Zubko

Today’s fad diets seem to be defined by what you’re no longer allowed to eat. The plant-based diet, also called the whole-foods plant-based diet, or a WFPB diet for short, is a little different (and may we say a breath of fresh air?). Read More

When cancer isn't the only deadly risk: Battling depression post-treatment
By Marta Segal Block, CNN

Breast cancer and mastectomies come with many possible physical and emotional side effects. Patients deserve to be warned about the possibility of depression both during and after treatment...Read More

How Chemotherapy Affects the Immune System

If chemotherapy is part of your treatment plan, you and your doctor should review the medications you’ll have and discuss potential effects on your immune system.Read More

The Transformative Power of Community
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHPTo Life! Support Services Program Manager

Human beings need each other and even more so in the face of adversity. When a woman hears the words, “You have breast cancer,” it’s shocking and sobering. Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP Support Services Program Manager at To Life!

October is upon us and with it comes all the glorious autumn colors from yellow to orange to red and plenty of pink. Since 1985, October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), sometimes referred to as Pinktober. It’s an annual international campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer, and educate about the importance of screening, early detection, and risk reduction. Read More

How I Reclaimed My Cancerversary
By Emily Piercell

This is my third cancerversary so didn’t think it would be a big deal. Read More

What women need to know about breast cancer and heart disease
By American Heart Association News

Red dresses and pink ribbons have helped millions of Americans become aware of the separate tolls heart disease and breast cancer take on women. But not everyone is aware of how the illnesses can intersect.Read More

Cognitive impairment (chemo brain)
Breast Cancer Now: The research & care charity

During and following breast cancer treatment some people find it difficult to concentrate or feel more forgetful. This is sometimes referred to as ‘chemo brain’ or ‘chemo fog’. It usually improves over time after treatment has finished, but for some people it can continue. It can be very frustrating and have a big impact on daily life. Read More

Tips for Exercising During and After Cancer Treatment

Studies have shown that exercise may help reduce the risk of recurrence in cancer patients. It has also been shown to help elevate mood, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, boost energy, and help reduce symptoms of treatment-related side effects, such as neuropathy.Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can be unnoticeable. These patches may connect, however, and then become noticeable. There is no cure but there are treatments that can help and ways to cover up the hair loss.Read More

Self-Care is Essential to Health
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP Support Services Program Manager

September is Self-Care Awareness Month and a good time to commit to self-care practices or assess those you have and see if your needs have changed and it’s time for new or additional ones. Read More

5 Tips for Coping with Fear of Breast Cancer Recurrence
Theodora Blanchfield

Fear of breast cancer recurrence is common among survivors — but it doesn’t have to control your life. Read More

Barbara Spalding's Story: Maintain a Healthy Weight with the New American Plate
Stories of Impact: The American Cancer Institute for Research

Since her breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, registered dietitian Barbara Spalding has learned a lot about navigating the side effects of cancer treatment while eating a nutritious diet.Read More

When do I decide if I want a head covering?
By Chris BretonAssistant Executive Director of To Life!

We can often feel like we have lost control over so many facets of our lives after being diagnosed with breast cancer, but I personally found that the more tasks I was able to take care of before starting treatment, the more I felt like I could maintain a little bit of that control. Read More

Book Review: Eat to Beat Disease
By Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHPTo Life! Support Service Program Manager

I’ve just completed Dr. William Li’s 2019 book, Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself. I read an inordinate number of books and research articles on breast cancer, diet and nutrition, holistic approaches to health, and the body’s self-healing mechanisms, but this book particularly caught my attention with its empowering message, scientific research, readability, and focus on: angiogenesis (the process the body uses to grow blood vessels), regeneration, gut microbiome, immunity, and DNA protection. Read More

Thank You, Scars, for Reminding Me That I Survived
By Paige Stables, Beauty Editor at Allure Magazine

I am who I am today because of you.Read More

What Breast Cancer Survivors Need To Know About Osteoporosis
NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center

Women who have had breast cancer treatment may be at increased risk for osteoporosis and fracture. Estrogen has a protective effect on bone, and reduced levels of the hormone trigger bone loss. Read More

HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Diet

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers. Almost 25 percent of people newly diagnosed with cancer have breast cancer. One in 5 people with breast cancer have a type called HER2-positive.Read More

Dear World, You're Not Going To Have The Year You Thought You'd Have
By Marc Silver

That's what a nurse told my wife and me after my wife was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.Read More

BRCA Gene Mutations
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

All women have BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, but only some women have mutations in those genes. Read More

Reopening To Life! Style
by Eileen Howe BirdExecutive Director of To Life!

After months of working remotely, engaging via telephone, web conferencing, email and texts, we have started a measured process of reopening our physical doors for wig, mastectomy garment and prostheses services. Read More

Flexing Some Muscle to Relieve Joint Pain
by Dara Chadwick

Exercise and acupuncture use the body’s physiology to relieve joint pain caused by hormonal treatments after breast cancer.Read More

Breast Cancer: About Clinical Trials

Doctors and scientists are always looking for better ways to care for people with breast cancer. To make scientific advances, doctors design research studies involving volunteers, called clinical trials. In fact, every drug that is now approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was tested in clinical trials.Read More

Sun care after breast cancer treatment

You may be concerned about the effects of hot weather during and after breast cancer treatment.Read More

Expert Tips on Eating Well During Chemotherapy
by Suzanne Dixon, M.P.H., M.S., R.D.N.

Since chemotherapy knocks down the immune system, are there any foods you would tell people to avoid during chemotherapy?Read More

Tratamiento del cáncer de seno triple negativo

Los cánceres de seno triple negativos no contienen receptores de estrógeno ni de progesterona. Tampoco producen exceso de proteína HER2. Debido a que las células cancerosas carecen de estas proteínas, las opciones de tratamiento para el cáncer de seno triple negativo son limitadas.Read More

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

What is triple-negative breast cancer?Read More

Breast Calcifications

What are breast calcifications? How are they found? Do they increase my risk of breast cancer?Read More

Emotional Stages of Breast Cancer
By Pam Stephan and Fact checked by Ashley Hall

People often experience a wide range of emotions with breast cancer, and these can change with different stages in the journey. What might you or a loved one expect at the time of diagnosis, during treatment, and on to survivorship? Read More

What I Wish I Knew: Dealing with sexual side effects
By: Eric FitzsimmonsLiving Beyond Breast Cancer -

After surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, Roberta Albany was not expecting more surprises from treatments. The healthcare team prepared her for hair loss, for pain, for drains, for fatigue, and the many other effects of treatment for stage II, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. But...Read More

BCRF-Supported Study Details Potential New Treatment for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

In a study published in Cancer Research, BCRF researchers Drs. Jill Bargonetti and Funmi Olopade report a possible new treatment strategy that targets vulnerabilities in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), a particularly aggressive form of the disease with limited treatment options. Read More

Support Groups: Make Connections, Get Help
By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're facing a major illness or stressful life change, you don't have to go it alone. A support group can help. Find out how to choose the right one.Read More

16 People Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer Share Advice for the Newly Diagnosed
Written by: Adam Leitenberger, Editorial Director

When you’re first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) — breast cancer that has spread to another part of the body, such as the liver, brain, bones, or lungs — there’s no right or wrong way to feel. Processing all of the information about your diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming. Read More

To Life! Reiki Practitioner Offers Virtual Healing During Coronavirus
Judy Rosch, Brennan Healing Science Practitioner

My name is Judy Rosch and I have been a volunteer for To Life! for a few years at least. Read More

Most Frequently Asked Wig Questions
By Alice Dunican, Wig Fitter at To Life!

Interested in learning more about how to best care for your wig?Read More

Tips from the Trenches When Facing Chemotherapy
From CancerConnect & Maven Health Network

When Roxanne Brown was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, she often found herself wading through piles of information and endless online resources in an attempt to find answers to questions about her treatment and the related side effects. Read More

An Open Letter to My Patient on the Day of Her Mastectomy
Niki, your Nurse Practitioner First Assistant on the Surgical Team

Today is the day. I am a member of the surgical team who will take care of you -- the team that will remove your breast to treat the cancer that has tried to make a home in your body. We all have our role today, and the world would see yours to be the "patient." I see it as something more: a powerful gift to us.Read More

Fast Breast MRI Seems to Find More Cancers in Dense Breasts Than 3D

A 10-minute breast MRI exam called Fast Breast MRI found more cancers than 3D mammograms in women with dense breasts, according to a study. The research was published on Feb. 25, 2020, by the journal JAMA. Read More

Survivor Creates Eyebrow Tutorial To Show Others How To Draw Realistic Eyebrows
By Elizabeth Nelson

Many cancer patients lose more than just the hair on their heads when they go through chemotherapy. Luckily, if you’ve completely or partially lost your eyebrows, you can draw them on pretty realistically. That’s where Christina comes in.Read More

Cuidados de seguimiento después del tratamiento del cáncer de seno - Follow Up Care After Breast Cancer Treatment English version please visit above link.

Muchas mujeres se sienten aliviadas y entusiasmadas al finalizar el tratamiento del cáncer de seno. Pero este momento también puede ser inquietante, si se siente preocupada(o) de que el cáncer regrese, o perdida(o) al no ver tan a menudo a su equipo de atención médica contra el cáncer.Read More

Three Guided Practices to Find Calm and Equanimity
By Linda Graham from Mindful@Home

Resilience expert Linda Graham offers three guided breathing practices as part of the Mindful@Home series. Read More

A Soothing Skincare Routine Before and After Chemo
Medically reviewed by Christina Chun, MPH on March 31, 2019 — Written by Heather Cruickshank

Chemotherapy is a common treatment for cancer. It has many potential benefits when it comes to effectively treating cancer, but it also tends to cause side effects...You can take steps to manage the skin-related side effects of chemo, including steps that minimize discomfort. Read More

Don't Pressure Yourself to be Productive Right Now
By Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

As we shelter in place, many of us are finding ourselves with more time on our hands than ever before....Chances are you’re facing high stress and anxiety every day, missing your loved ones while maybe also craving alone time, worrying about making ends meet, and/or trying to figure out the whole home school thing. Read More

The Health Benefits of Gardening
By April Zubko

Few people think of gardening as might be the perfect exercise when it comes to breast health, because it makes a positive impact on almost every controllable breast cancer risk factor.Read More

Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus Times
Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, CSAC

What I do matters for my communityRead More

Common Questions About the New Coronavirus Outbreak - As of April 14, 2020
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM

The global pandemic of the coronavirus disease, called COVID-19, is having a serious impact on many people, including cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. While the news about this outbreak is changing daily, knowing some basic facts about what can and cannot be done to help protect you and others from getting sick can be very empowering. Read More

How to Cope with Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic
By Arlin Cuncic and Reviewed by Amy Morin, LCSW

Whether you are quarantined due to suspected exposure, staying home because you are in a high-risk category, or at home to help prevent the spread of infection, you may find yourself unprepared for the feelings of loneliness that will likely follow.Read More

Breast Care in the Time of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Written By Laura Esserman, MD, MBA

As anyone with a breast cancer diagnosis will tell you, the anxiety that comes with it is one of the worst parts. The COVID-19 crisis has now added yet another layer to this anxiety. Read More

10 Intentions To Set For Your Most Authentic Life
By Chandresh Bhardwaj via Bhardwaj is the 7th generation spiritual teacher and meditation guide who hails from a lineage of traditional Indian gurus.

Setting an intention is like drawing a map of where you wish to go—it becomes the driving force behind your goals and visions. This may be a useful tool during these challenging times.Read More

How Cancer Gave Me Life
Adrienne Brown is a Breast Cancer Warrior, mother to two teenage children, and wife to a supportive husband and caregiver.

My cancer diagnosis gave me life. Something designed to sideline me, actually turned out to be my gift.Read More

Meditation – is it for you?
Weill Cornell Medicine -

How are you doing? In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s okay for your answer to be “not so good.” Dealing with the spread of the novel COVID-19 can be stressful. You may now be working from home while also caring for and homeschooling children or worried about the health of a loved one. Read More

Grocery Shopping Follow Up and Tips on How to Make Decisions When Information is Conflicting
By Julie Lanford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN via

What used to be a simple practice of grocery shopping for ourselves and family has become stressful. How do we make the best decisions when information is conflicting.Read More

Tools to Cope with A Diagnosis During COVID-19
By Chris Breton, Assistant Director at To Life!

The world as we know it has changed due to COVID-19. We now social distance. We are told to “stay in place” to stop the spread of coronavirus. Flatten the curve. Everyone is worried about their health and the health of their loved ones. And in addition to all that’s happening, you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and waiting to start treatment.Read More

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer Care: What Patients Need to Know
BCRF Scientific Director Dr. Judy Garber -

During these uncertain times, everyone’s wondering what they should do to stay healthy and how to protect themselves from novel coronavirus COVID-19. Those diagnosed with breast and other cancers have ongoing concerns about immunity and continuing treatment, adding an extra layer of fear.Read More

Schooling at Home During Covid-19
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP Support Services Program Manager at To Life! and former homeschooling mom

When the school year began last fall, no one imagined that much of the country’s youth would be receiving their education in their own homes by spring, and often alongside parents doing their full-time jobs remotely as well. Read More

Lessons from Cancer Patients in a Time of Coronavirus
By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service -

For the immunocompromised and those with disease, social distancing and uncertainty are a way of life. Daily walks, gratitude and dancing help.Read More

Cancer and COVID-19: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself
Tara Haelle and Medically Reviewed by Thomas Marron, MD, PhD -

If you're being treated for cancer, what should you do to protect yourself from this coronavirus?Read More

How to Care for Synthetic Wigs
Alice Dunican, Boutique Associate and Wig Fitter at To Life!

A lot of people ask me what the best steps are to keep their wig looking shiny, healthy, and to maximize the life of their wigs. Here are some suggestions and tips.Read More

How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping
Tobie Stanger via

With experts saying people should avoid crowded places because of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, how should you handle grocery shopping?Read More

Use It, Don’t Lose It - March 25, 2020

We’ve all been there – staring into the fridge, wondering when and how we’re going to use the almost-expired groceries staring back at us. Read More

Easing Bedtime Worries
By Joan Bender, MA, LMHC, HC, BCST

When was the last time you had a good night's sleep? Here are some strategies to consider.Read More

Mental, Emotional, and Social Health During COVID-19
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP, Support Services Manager at To Life!

Maintaining mental, emotional and social health may sound like a tall order in the midst of a pandemic requiring social distancing, self-isolation, cancellations, school and business closings and related job, family and financial challenges. Add to that a breast cancer diagnosis, and it sounds nearly impossible. But times like these are exactly when a commitment to self-care and mental, emotional and social health has to be nonnegotiable.Read More

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19/2019-nCoV): Risk Reduction
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP - Support Services Program Manager at To Life!

Considerable information is swirling around about Novel Coronavirus COVID-19/2019-nCoV and it can be disconcerting.Read More

How To Be A Support for Someone With Cancer
Chris Breton, Assistant Director at To Life!

Someone recently asked me about ways a family, friend, or community can be supportive of someone going through breast cancer treatment.Read More

Fertility Preservation Before Breast Cancer Treatment
Young Survival Coalition -

Fertility preservation before treatment is an option for women who want to protect their ability to have genetically related children in the future.Read More

Palliative Care 101: How is it Different from Hospice?
Young Survival Coalition - January 23, 2020 via

Palliative care is a style of medical care that focuses on the care of the person as a whole. A common misconception is that palliative care is meant for end of life only.Read More

Top "Power Foods" to Combat or Help With Side Effects
Julie Lanford, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN - October 17, 2019 via

Sometimes cancer treatment can result in poor appetite, difficulty eating or challenges with digesting food.Read More

What I Learned About Food Labels
Chris Breton, Assistant Director at To Life!

I must admit, I'm a new food label reading convert after attending the Food Label Reading Class with Patty Wukitsch, RDN from Hannaford Supermarket. Read More

Book Review by Jan Lafayette: The Cancer Fighting Kitchen

Some of my early concerns as I prepared for chemotherapy were: How am I going to eat? Will I be nauseous? Will I feel like eating?Read More

Breast Cancer Preventive Effects of Anastrozole Continue Long After Treatment Ends
By Megan Brooks via

The benefits of the aromatase inhibitor anastrozole for breast cancer prevention in high-risk postmenopausal women extend well beyond the five-year treatment periodRead More

Shining a Light on Depression
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP - Support Services Program Manager at To Life!

The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 4 people, diagnosed with cancer, experiences clinical depression. Read More

Yoga Has Benefits During Chemo in Women With Breast Cancer
Megan Brooks -

For women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy, participating in weekly yoga sessions can help reduce nausea and sleep problems and improve wellbeing, according to a randomized pilot study.Read More

The Power of Journaling During Breast Cancer Treatment

Did you know that journaling during breast cancer treatment can improve your physical and mental health?Read More

Exercise Alters Breast Cancer Tumor Gene Expression
Pam Harrison via

For the first time, a study has shown that exercise has a direct biological effect on breast tumor gene expression...Read More

Textured Breast Implant Information and Follow Up to 2019 Beat the Odds Conference
Martha McCormick, Contributing Writer with Collaboration from Mara Ginsberg

What to Know & What to Ask your Health Care Providers about Textured ImplantsRead More

What Genes MAY Tell Us
Martha McCormick, Contributing Writer

Most of those diagnosed with breast cancer wonder if there is some genetic influence. Medical practitioners look at family history of cancer to see if genetic testing is indicated.Read More

Onions and Garlic May Protect Against Breast Cancer
Written by Ana Sandoiu and Fact Checked by Gianna D'Emilio

New research examines the consumption of onion and garlic among women in Puerto Rico and suggests that the vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer.Read More

Gratitude Is Good For You
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP - To Life! Support Services Manager

Thanksgiving is upon us and with the season comes increased focus on gratitude, but where does gratitude fit with a breast cancer diagnosis?Read More

Coping with Cancer During the Holidays - Edited by Alyson Erardy, MSW, LMSW

Holidays are traditionally viewed as a time to celebrate. However, sometimes people with cancer and their loved ones feel "out of step" from the rest of the world during the holidays.Read More

Oncoplastic Surgery - Where Cancer Care and Breast Conservation Meet
Gabriel Kaufman, MD and Sarah Pesek, MD with St. Peter's Breast Surgery

Where many cases of breast cancer in the past would not have been considered for breast conservation surgery, new technologies and advanced techniques have revolutionized breast cancer care.Read More

New Evolution-Busting Drug Overcomes Resistance in Aggressive Breast Cancers
Institute of Cancer Research - Science Daily, October 5, 2019

A new type of drug that blocks one of cancer's key evolutionary escape routes from chemotherapy could be used to treat aggressive breast cancers, a new study has shown.Read More

What Does October Mean to You?
Eileen Howe Bird, Executive Director of To Life!

We have come to associate the color pink with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Come October, pink decorations, pink clothing, and references to breast cancer pop up all over. What does October mean to you? Read More

You've Survived Cancer. What Comes Next?
Laura Landro

As more patients are successfully treated for cancer, a daunting new challenge awaits; navigating the physical and emotional challenges of being a survivor.Read More

Don't Postpone Joy
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP - To Life! Support Services Manager

Even in the midst of breast cancer and treatment, there is room for joy.Read More

New Study Finds Changes in Cancer Cells When Exposed To "Energy Healing"
Arjun Walia

A new study has found that healing intention and energy can be stored and used to treat breast cancer cells in vitro. It's one of many examples of mind-matter interaction, and mind-body connection.Read More

Elevating Narratives of Women of Color Affected by Breast Cancer
Jasmine Souers and Marissa Thomas, Co-Founders of For the Breast of Us

Two women of color diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age join forces to create an organization to uplift women of color affected by a breast cancer diagnosis.Read More

The Color of Health
Melanie McCulley, MS., BCC

You may have heard it said that the key to good nutrition is eating a rainbow, but what does that mean?Read More

Fear in Perspective
Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC

Keeping fear in perspective, and not losing one's self in it, is a part of the healing process and of moving forward during treatment and beyond.Read More


Much research is being done on how acupuncture can help relieve some of the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. Acupuncture has been shown to help relieve fatigue, hot flashes, nausea, vomiting and pain.Read More

Sex After Cancer
Ronni Gordon

Learn how female breast and gynecologic cancer survivors regain their sexual satisfaction and confidence after cancer treatment.Read More

Exposure to Chemicals In Sunscreen

The chemicals used in sunscreen can help protect us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays but what are the associated risks for people with breast cancer.Read More

New Findings Indicate Additional Benefits of Exercise to Breast Cancer Survivors
Yasmine Pezeshkpour

Can exercise reduce the risk of heart disease in women with breast cancer?Read More

Hike With To Life!
Anne Lawton

Read this fantastic blog post written by Hike with To Life! leader and Survivor Anne Lawton. Here, she describes how the cancer journey is like hiking a mountain and explains a little bit about what the Hike with to Life! program can do for you!Read More

Calm Down and Get Your Zentangle On!
Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT

On Saturday March 16th To Life! will be hosting a Zentangle art class from 10am to noon. Learn about what Zentangle is and how it can help promote relaxation and mindfulness. Read More

Qigong for Cancer Patients
Lynne Eldridge, MD

To Life! will be offering Qigong classes this Spring. Learn more about what Qigong is and how it can benefit cancer patients.Read More

Let's Chat with Energy Healer, Susan Sperber
Sue Abbuhl

Practitioner Susan Sperber provides complimentary Magdalena Energy Healing Sessions to survivors at our Delmar office on Thursday afternoons. To learn more about Susan, Magdalena Energy Healing and its benefits, read on!Read More

Everyday Wellness: The Well Stocked Pantry
Sue Abbuhl, Community Outreach Coordinator

Eating healthy is made easier by having a few wholesome ingredients at your fingertips. Read on for a few suggestions of ingredients that everyone should have in their pantry!Read More

What’s Your Stage? Notes on biologic factors in the 8th Edition Cancer Staging Manual
Martha McCormickDirector of Education

Read on as our Director of Education, Martha McCormick, explains the 8th Edition Cancer Staging Manual as it pertains to a breast cancer diagnosis.Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne Riddett
Joanne Riddett

Every day we marvel at the good work of countless volunteers here at To Life! We have committed space in each newsletter so we can share the backstory of some of them.Read More

I’m So Glad You Asked That Question!- Boutique Q & A’s
Unknown Author

Here we highlight questions asked about our wig and mastectomy products boutiques. The Q&A may help you better understand what they offer and how they can help.Read More

Palliative Care for Chronic Illnesses
Unknown Author

In this informative article, our Director of Education, Martha McCormick discusses new research on Palliative Care and how it can help many struggling with chronic illness.Read More

Wellness Therapies

To Life! offers Reiki and Healing Touch at no charge to patients, survivors, and caregivers by appointment. Each of these therapies promotes relaxation and healing, and clients leave our doors with a sense of calm and positivity.Read More

Do I Need a Mastectomy? Thoughts from a Breast Surgeon
Gabriel Kaufman, MD

Dr Gabriel Kaufman, Breast Surgeon at St Peter's Hospital Breast Center, shares information and insights into the surgical decisions related to Breast Cancer.Read More

You Mean I Might Not Need Chemo? Understanding the TAILORx Study
Martha McCormick MS, EdS

Martha McCormick, Director of Education for To Life! breaks down and explains the groundbreaking TAILORx study that helps further specify when women would benefit from, or might avoid, chemotherapy treatment.Read More

Voluntary Recall for Certain Textured Breast Implants

The Federal Food and Drug Administration issued a voluntary recall on certain textured breast implants.Here are links to the FDA issued press release and an article from NPR. FDA Press Release: NPR Article: To Life! will address the topic of Post Mastectomy breast implants at upcoming education symposium on August 7, 2019 at the Saratoga City Center. Beat the Odds Registration: Read More

Breast Reconstruction or ‘Go Flat’? What 8 Women Chose
Risa Kerslake

For some, the choice was driven by a quest for normalcy. For others, it was a way to regain control. And for others still, the choice was to “go flat.” Eight brave women share their complex and personal journeys.Read More

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