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Know Your Body
After a rigorous upper body workout, my arms and chest were very sore, and I felt a hard spot. The next week, the mammogram and ultrasound were normal. The tech, radiologist, and gyno all said it was a fibroid cyst, and to come back in six months. I said, "Please recommend a surgeon for a biopsy."
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Metastatic Breast Cancer
Do you know what it means when breast cancer has metastasized? This type of breast cancer accounts for most breast cancer deaths. Learn more in this helpful animation!
Dying Man Surprises Wife
Jim Golay was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Before he died, he wanted to make sure his wife knew how much he loved her, so he set up a surprise. Learn more!
You have been diagnosed with cancer and one of the first things that pops into your mind is asking, "Do I need chemotherapy?" Chemo is not always needed, but when it is, there may be a few things you need to do. Preparing yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally is important.
Make your doctor and dentist appointments: You may need additional check-ups prior to starting chemotherapy. If you need any blood work or other tests, getting those done before chemo would be ideal. Seeing your dentist for a cleaning and any dental work that would be needed is essential. Chemo can be hard on your mouth and you will increase your chance of infection, therefore dental work should not be done while you are undergoing treatments.
Finding transportation: Having someone accompany you to your appointments would be a must-do in my opinion. Oftentimes, you would appreciate having that support person by your side. They can help write notes, ask questions to clarify, or just be there for your personal shoulder to cry on. Other times, it may be best to have someone drive you to and from your chemotherapy injections in case you have any side effects, such as sleepiness.