For the person with breast cancer, a diagnosis causes her life to suddenly and dramatically change. As treatment progresses, the patient has a multitude of doctor visits, procedures, and often support groups to keep her busy and focused. Her partner's challenges are also significant, but unfortunately they are frequently overlooked. This 4-page fact sheet is the second document in a 12-part series on breast cancer. It provides perspectives and suggestions for persons who are accompanying a woman through breast cancer treatment. Written by Martha C. Monroe, Barbara F. Shea, and Linda B. Bobroff, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, revised April 2018.
Neoadjuvant, or preoperative, chemotherapy is the use of chemotherapy to treat breast cancer before surgery. If your doctors have suggested that you consider this treatment, you probably have questions about it. This 4-page fact sheet provides an overview of chemotherapy treatment, potential side effects, and major benefits. Written by Barbara F. Shea and Martha C. Monroe, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, April 2015. (Photo: iStock/Thinkstock.com)
A breast cancer diagnosis is always a challenge to the patient and her family.* People react in different ways to a breast cancer diagnosis. Some breast cancer patients want to take an active role in understanding and choosing their treatment, and others prefer to leave decisions to their health care providers. This 5-page fact sheet, first in a 12-part series on breast cancer, provides information that will help persons who want to understand and be actively involved in treatment decisions. Was written by Martha C. Monroe, Barbara F. Shea, and Linda Bobroff, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, December 2014. (Photo: iStock/Thinkstock)
There are so many things to pay attention to when faced with cancer and chemotherapy that many women may not take the time to look at the bright side of losing their hair. In an attempt to help ease this transition and make light of this inevitable change, this fact sheet has a list of advantages of not having hair. Perhaps you’ll be able to add to this list. Written by Martha Monroe and Barbara Shea, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, January 2012.
The transition from active care to survivorship brings increased responsibility for women to monitor their own health and to do what they can to stay healthy. This 3-page fact sheet offers some information, guidance, and reassurance about what to expect in this next phase. Written by Martina Murphy and Karen Daily, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, November 2011.
Women who are at high risk of getting breast cancer and women who have had breast cancer may be prescribed daily oral medications to block the estrogen receptor site or decrease the production of estrogen. This 2-page fact sheet describes various hormone therapy options. It is part of a 12-part Breast Cancer series. Written by Karen C. Daily and Martha C. Monroe, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, June 2011.
FCS8835, a 3-page fact sheet by Martha C. Monroe and Barbara F. Shea, provides a basic orientation to external radiation therapy for the treatment of breast cancer. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, February 2010.
FCS8832, a 3-page fact sheet by Martha C. Monroe and Barbara F. Shea, offers some tips from the Gainesville Breast Cancer Support Group to help cancer patients get through chemotherapy treatments. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, February 2010.
FCS-8831, a 4-page fact sheet by M.C. Monroe, K. Roberts, and B.F. Shea, helps women understand why lymph nodes are important, why sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice them, and recommends measures women can take to prevent or minimize infection and lymphedema after surgery for breast cancer. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, March 2009.