Tips to get Through Chemotherapy

If you are planning to start chemotherapy, you might be freaking out with what you have heard or read about the therapy. But you should remember that a lot of individuals have braved this path before you and many more are likely to follow. Here are some important tips for getting through chemotherapy.

It is true that chemotherapy is scary. But it is not poison when you are suffering from cancer. In fact, you may feel anger, frustration, fear, and whatever emotions when you have to undergo chemotherapy. Don’t avoid these feelings. These are only feelings after all. You should allow these feelings to take their course before you avail yourself for therapy. Once you have felt these emotions, you will be at peace with yourself – which will help you go through the treatment without much of a fuss.

On the other hand, chemo is not poison in any way. In fact, it is your lifesaving elixir when you are suffering from cancer. If someone refers to chemotherapy as poison in your presence, you should remind him/her what it really is. The right mentality can help save a lot of headaches when you have to undergo chemotherapy. That is why you need to have a positive mentality with regards to chemotherapy.

There is an hour-long education session that is mandatory when taking chemotherapy. You shouldn’t take this information too deeply since it can really scare you off. But you shouldn’t ignore it altogether since you have to know the risks involved in the process. In the United States, the doctor has to tell his/her patient everything about the procedure in order to avoid a medical malpractice lawsuit. But it doesn’t mean that all the side effects of chemotherapy are going to happen to you. Listen to what your doctor tells but don’t take it too seriously.

Let go of your worries over the chemotherapy process. Indulging continuously in your worries will aggravate the situation. Today, men, women, and children are getting chemotherapy all over the world. You will definitely get through the process if you stop worrying too much. Last but not least, you are bound to lose your hair during the chemotherapy process. But it will grow back once the process is completed.

If you have been misdiagnosed or your diagnosis had been delayed, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

Vitamin D Linked To Decrease In Breast Cancer Risk, New Study Reports

Vitamin D often labeled as “wonder nutrient” is capable of decreasing a person’s risk of different types of cancer. New research shows that people with high levels of Vitamin D in their bloodstream have a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.

Vitamin D has been the subject in many medical studies over the past few years with many debates from professionals on whether or not the vitamin impacts our overall health.

Earlier this year studies show that low levels of the vitamin have been associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer and bowel cancer. Previous studies have also shown a connection between high vitamin D levels and breast cancer survival rates.

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in conjunction with Creighton University, Medical University of South Carolina, and the non profit organization GrassrootsHealth published the results of their study that are available here: Their research suggests that certain levels of Vitamin D correlate with a markedly lower risk of breast cancer.

The participants of the study were women aged 63 who were cancer-free at baseline. The study took place over the years 2002 to 2017. They found that in their test subjects 77 cases of cancers were noted. However the national average is 512. Therefore, people with higher blood concentrations of vitamin D have a much lower risk of developing breast cancer.

However, the amount of Vitamin D found in the blood system of their patients – 60 nanograms per milliliter is way above the recommended amount by the National Academy of Medicine which is only 20 nanograms per milliliter.

The Vitamin D increase was effective regardless of other variables such as age, body mass index, smoking habits and calcium intake. However more research is done before people begin to increase their Vitamin D intake.

Did You Know That There 7 Boob Shapes?

You know the saying that you learn something new every day. Well, today I learned that there are several different boob shapes. Not only that, each boob shape requires a different style of bra. This has been life changing for me. However, the more I look at the different shapes the more I realized I am a combo.

So which boob shape are you? Do you fit more than one category?

Round Breasts
East West
Side Set
Bell Shape
Tear Drop















The Boob Shapes Explained

Round: These are the lucky ones that don’t need cups or padded bras. Their boobs are naturally round on the top and bottom.

East West: This reminds me of the two-headed monster from sesame street who would point in opposite directions, except if that two-headed monster was your nipples. A good candidate for the push-up bra.

Side Set: This is very similar to the East West but there’s a larger space between the boobs. The boobs might be fuller like the round shape but just spread apart more.

Tear Drop: Similar to round, these are full on the bottom but flat on the top. These types of boob can fit in many different bra styles.

Asymmetric: I am without a doubt asymmetric. My left boob is much bigger than my right boob. This makes it difficult to find bras that fit both cups correctly. However, experts recommend a cleave control bra where I can adjust each breast side separately. Excuse me while I go buy new bras.

Slender: These boobs are longer than they are wide. A bra with a lot of padding will make the boobs look fuller.

Bell Shape: These boobs are also longer than they are wide but are in a fuller cup size than that of slender shaped. They usually require bras that have a lot of support.

Exercising With Breast Cancer

Receiving the news that you have breast cancer can be absolutely devastating. Cancer is terrifying. The wicked disease can have an effect on all walks of your life. For some cancer patients, the hardest part to overcome is breaking your everyday routine. This is especially hard if you are athletic and love to run and exercise.

When you are first diagnosed with breast cancer, it can be a shock to your loved ones and you. But a cancer diagnosis does not mean your life has to come to a halt. Yes, naturally, the disease will cause a slow down, but cancer patients are often encouraged to continue their normal life as long as they can.

Case Study: Exercising with Breast Cancer

Medicine & Science in Sports & Excercise performed a 32-month study on an elite female athlete. The woman was in stage III of breast cancer. The results of the study were interesting. The woman was able to train and only saw a substantial decrease in performance during chemotherapy.

After the treatment was over, the woman was able to return to her pre-treatment fitness level. Although, it did not happen overnight. The athlete basically had to rebuild her muscle mass starting from the beginning.

Recommended Exercises

There is no specific workout routine that you should follow. The suggested exercises are focused on aerobics and resistance training. You can perform these exercises independently or in combination.

When you are exercising, it is important that you do not overexert yourself. Keep in mind, even if you feel great, you are still sick and receiving treatment. This will naturally weaken your body.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

Different stages and treatments will affect your body in different ways. That being said, you may need to adjust your routine depending on how you feel. If you exercised regularly before your diagnosis, you may see a slow decline. If you did not exercise before your diagnosis, start out with a very low intensity workout.

Whether you are a just starting out or an expert exerciser, it is recommended that you bring in a professional to create a workout routine for you. After the routine is created, consult with your physician. Your physician will want to review the plan to ensure that it is not overly strenuous.

As you are exercising, remember to always check your vitals. It is important to keep track of things like:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Weight
  • Temperature
  • Other vitals your physician recommends

If you ever feel nauseous, tired, dizzy, pain in your chest or body, or any other abnormal side effect, STOP exercising. Your safety is the most important thing. Remember that your body has already been weakened and pushing it passed its max can lead to bigger problems.

Benefits of Breast Feeding

Many mothers who experience the miracle of their first childbirth will want to do things the old-fashioned way–and that means breastfeeding. Sometimes they just feel more comfortable doing it themselves instead of relying on commercial goods that may or may not provide any long-term benefits. The good news is this: breastfeeding definitely has all sorts of positive impacts for your child. Here are just a few.

When you breastfeed, your child’s immune system continues to strengthen. This leads to a much lower incidence rate of the common cold, pneumonia, and a number of other dangerous viruses. Further down the road, your child is less likely to develop type I diabetes, or autoimmune problems like celiac and Crohn’s disease.

One thing that every mother should know in a country with a growing rate of obesity–you and your child are both less likely to become overweight if you breastfeed. Heck, even just the activity itself is eliminating potentially unwanted calories from your body. Each ounce of breast milk contains about twenty calories. Evacuate, evacuate!

Another nice benefit that you won’t get if you don’t breastfeed is a break. When you breastfeed, your body churns out prolactin, which helps reduce the likelihood of ovulation. Once you stop breastfeeding, your hormones will bounce back to normal levels and it’s back to a normal menstruation cycle. Whether you stop or not, your hormones will probably turn back on by the time a year has elapsed.

Natural nursing can help you pick up on cues you might miss if you rely too much on formula. You might not figure out when the little one is all done if you’re not there to experience the tiny nibbles yourself. This can help feeding when it’s time to transition away from breastfeeding.

Besides the health benefits afforded by natural breastfeeding, it’s a great financial choice as well. You’ll learn to allocate funds better, but you won’t have to worry as much about the cost of formula, which can cost thousands every year you use it.

If you’re an environmentalist, breastfeeding might even be helping the planet. Because cattle contribute to climate change by belching and farting methane–a powerful greenhouse gas–into the atmosphere, breastfeeding might reduce the need for more cattle production since the alternative uses this resource to produce formula.

Depending on where you choose to nurse your child, it may be a civil right violation if someone tries to prevent you from doing so and you will need to contact a criminal defense lawyer. No matter where you choose to breastfeed, you’re protected. All states have laws securing this right, and none require that you cover yourself or find a more private area to nurse your child. If anyone tries to get in the way of you while you feed your child, you should not tolerate it–especially because there are so many benefits of doing things the natural way!

Pros And Cons of Breast Reduction Surgery

If you’re a big-busted woman, you’ve probably at least thought about what it would be like if you got breast reduction surgery. As much as they’re cherished in pop culture, bigger breasts can be a pain–both literal and emotional. You might be asked if they’re real, which can lead to self-image issues. It can get worse if everyone’s staring. A bigger problem is back pain. The bigger they are, the bigger the impact on your spine. Even if they’re causing problems, is breast reduction surgery the right choice for you? Here are a few of the pros and cons of breast reduction surgery.

Here’s a potential benefit to successful breast reduction: because you probably already thought long and hard about the reasons to go through with it, you’re less likely to have made a surgical mistake, and more likely to be happier when it’s done. Plastic surgery can result in some rocky outcomes, but patients who get breast reduction surgery belong to a category of people who have the highest patient satisfaction rates. Recovery can be fast, and you might be feeling perfect within three weeks.

That said, recovery can also be excruciatingly slow if something does go wrong–and with every surgery, there’s always the risk that something will. If your surgery results in infection, then you could be looking at months of healing time on top of the norm, and you probably won’t feel comfortable shopping for new clothes until you’re feeling like yourself again.

One obvious benefit of breast reduction is pain relief. If you experienced any kind of back pain because of the extra weight on your chest, it should go away. On top of that, your new pair will leave you with a more natural looking chest and a more symmetrical proportion. If you experienced difficulty when trying to exercise before your surgery, you should feel like a weight has been lifted when you try again later. The bras will be more form-fitting, and the bouncing will be greatly reduced if you’re a runner.

Although the picture you have of yourself post-surgery may be better than it was before, anticipate at least a little scarring. It’s a good idea to go over both the procedure itself and the average result when you consult with your future plastic surgeon. Be sure you know what to expect before you get the procedure done, because there’s no going back once it’s over.

What Causes Breast Pain?

Whenever we feel even the slightest pain, we tend to jump to the worst case scenario immediately. Usually, there’s no case for worry. Sometimes a change in diet or environment can lead to a whole host of bodily changes as well, many of them entirely too unpleasant. One in eight U.S. women develop breast cancer, so even if it’s probably nothing, you need to be sure. These are a few common causes of breast pain. If you can’t identify with anything on this list, then it’s probably time for a visit to your health care provider.

Americans love their coffee, but unfortunately it can cause a lot of issues from diarrhea to eye tics to stress, and even–you guessed it–breast pain. According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a correlation between caffeine intake and breast pain if you have fibrocystic breast tissue. Pain can be mild to severe, but 61 percent of study subjects experienced a decrease in breast pain after eliminating caffeine products. Sadly, that includes chocolate.

If you have chronic or temporary breast pain, then it might just be that time of the month. Before and after your period, the wrong combination of hormones are raging and they can easily make you feel the hurt. Usually, you’ll experience tender or sensitive breasts and nipples during your period, and the discomfort will go away after it ends. If the pain persists, see your doctor.

One of the more obvious causes of breast pain results from a lack of proper support. If you don’t have the right kind of bra to properly support your breasts or aren’t wearing an appropriate sports bra when you engage in strenuous activity, then you may experience a great deal of pain. The more your breasts bounce, the more likely the pain becomes. In addition, lack of support can result in damage to your important organs! Oh, another thing: be careful that your bra isn’t too tight! If you think these factors could be the cause of pain, then get professionally fitted to rule it out.

Like any other part of your body that you use more than usual, you might experience breast pain if you just performed a bit of vigorous exercise you’re not accustomed to doing. If you went to the gym, did some yoga, yardwork, or anything else unusual, then don’t jump to conclusions. Your body is probably just in recovery mode. Get some rest, and wait a few days for the pain to go away.

If pain persists and you can’t identify the source of your symptoms, then it’s time to see a doctor. You may have a cyst, breast cancer, or another condition that only a doctor can successfully diagnose or treat. Even if the pain is severe, it might be nothing, but make the visit to be sure!

Here is a video detailing some of the major causes of breast pain:

Types of Bras

Men might have a difficult time understanding why women could want or need so many different kinds of bras–but women don’t. They each fulfill a purpose. Some are built to allow for growth, some are for utility, and some are for sexuality. That’s not all, though. This is a short guide to the types of bras that have made life easier for women everywhere since they were first invented. Oh yeah–and they’re not just for women!

Sports bras are more form-fitting, and they need to be. These bras are used by women who run or jog in order to keep their breasts cushioned and immobile. This reduces the chance of injury.

Underwire bras use strips of wire-like material to lift and support a woman’s breasts. Wire-free bras usually don’t offer the same support, but not all women need underwire bras.

When girls first begin to develop breasts, it might be necessary to fit them for a training bra since they likely won’t grow quickly enough to fit a normal cup size.

Some women have smaller breasts that don’t really require traditional brassieres. These women sometimes opt for a bandeau bra, or form-fitting piece of fabric that doesn’t offer the same support as other bras.

Nursing bras are fabricated for women who would like to feed their newborns the natural way. They provide great support, flexibility for growth, adjustable straps for easy access, and are usually made of soft material that gives your sensitive ones the cushioning they need during this rough period of time.

A mastectomy bra caters toward women who have lost breasts due to cancer, and most are custom-made and personalized for each individual woman. The mastectomy bra helps create the illusion of a full package by providing pockets to carry prostheses.

Perhaps you haven’t heard of an adhesive bra. This kind of brassiere is built for inconspicuous support. The adhesive bra affixes to your body with adhesive, and most are strapless. These are perfect for women who work in the fashion industry or just don’t want to be seen in a bra when wearing a revealing dress.

For those of you who weren’t aware, adolescent boys or men will occasionally develop breasts. The best treatment plan is reduction surgery for those whose self-image and self-esteem will inevitably suffer in the testosterone-dominated society, but some elect for a male bra. These types of bras serve a mostly mechanical purpose that differs from that of the female bra. While women wear bras for support, men wear them to flatten. Then again, many men wear various bras for crossdressing purposes.

Breast Pain and Menstruation

The creation of the birth control pill helps not only prevent pregnancy but also regulating their period. For those who are not on the pill, whether it be medical or religious reasons, they have to rely on their body to give them a warning sign when their period is coming. These warning signs or rather, these group of symptoms, we commonly refer to this as premenstrual syndrome or PMS. One of the most common symptoms of PMS is breast swelling and tenderness and in some cases, women experience what is known as fibrocystic breast disease which causes painful benign limps in their breast prior to their period. But what causes the breasts to swell and lumps to form?

Causes of Breast Pain

The main cause of breast soreness during the premenstrual cycle is a fluctuation in hormone levels. Estrogen levels around half way into your menstruation cycle begin to increase causing the breast ducts to enlarge. Then about one week before menstruation progesterone causes the milk glands to swell. This spike in progesterone coupled with the high estrogen levels is what causes your breasts to feel sore. But once menstruation begins, the hormone levels drop relieving the soreness that is experienced.

When Breast Pain Is More Than PMS

Most of the time, breast pain before your period is normal and not worrisome. However, if the breast pain is unexpected or not in line when you believe you are due for menstruation then these are symptoms to be on the lookout for:

  • new or changing breast lumps
  • discharge from the nipple
  • severe pain that interferes with your ability to sleep
  • lumps in one breast (not both)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then go to a doctor immediately. You might be asked to go for a mammogram or your doctor might perform a biopsy to determine whether or not the lump is benign or malignant (cancerous).

Most of the time breast pain is harmless and a good indicator of when your monthly visitor is coming.

What You Need To Know About Fitness And Breast Cancer

It probably goes without saying that getting some exercise can significantly reduce your chances of falling prey to a number of debilitating diseases and unfortunate medical conditions, the list for which is far longer than anyone would ever like to contemplate. The medical research on this subject backs up the claim, but did you know that it also suggests that the type of exercise in which you engage is proportional to the benefit? Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re a woman who’s at risk for breast cancer.

First and foremost, you’re better off getting aerobic exercise over anaerobic. In fact, aerobic exercise actually changes the fundamental way your cells function. Then again, according to a new study done using rats as the test subjects, we might be far less likely to develop cancer if we’re otherwise healthy even if we don’t exercise at all.

That could sound counterintuitive. After all, how can you be fit if you don’t exercise? As it turns out, genetics plays a large factor in how much work we need to put in when we go about our daily lives. If you have the right genes, then you’ve got less of a chance of developing cancer even if all you do is sit around playing video games on the couch. In that case, all you need to do is go about your business and let routine activity complemented by a trivial amount of exercise provide all the benefit you could ever need. If you have the wrong genes, though, then you’re more likely to be in need of consistent cardiovascular exercise that will help make it easier for your body to transport oxygen and power your muscles in the process.

We can’t draw any definitive conclusions about the relationship between cancer and fitness in humans from this study on rats, but it’s a start.

The goal of the study wasn’t to determine whether or not exercise reduces the chance of breast cancer, but instead why. The study used two groups of rats, one innately fitter than the other, in order to study the effects of genetics. The offspring of healthier moms were allowed to bandy about without exercising, then shot up with a drug that normally induces breast cancer. At the end of the trial, these rats were still four times less likely to develop tumors than the unhealthier rats.

Anaerobic exercise might leave you reeling, as these workout sessions tend to focus on shorter bouts of strenuous activity that force your body to dig into your muscles to gather much-needed energy since the exercise you’re doing leaves your body at a deficit for oxygen. If you want to experience more of the benefits that exercise can offer, then continuous exercise is probably the way to go. It’s a Pennsylvania marathon, not a sprint.