Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome

December 23, 2022By Lydia StraznickyWhat We're Thinking About

After undergoing breast cancer surgery, some women are left with pain in their chest, armpit, and/or arm that doesn’t seem to go away with time. It can be frightening and frustrating, leaving women with questions like is this normal, why is this happening, and will it get better? This condition is called post-mastectomy pain syndrome … Read More

Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

November 23, 2022By Lydia StraznickyWhat We're Thinking About

Chemotherapy is a common treatment prescribed for many types of cancer. While advances in medicine have allowed chemotherapy to become more effective and have helped cancer patients to live longer, there are unfortunately still side effects that come with taking chemotherapy medications. One of the most common treatment-related side effects patients experience is chemotherapy-induced peripheral … Read More

Massage Therapy for Breastfeeding

October 19, 2022By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Breast massage is a treatment that can be used for various circumstances, including assisting individuals who are breast feeding. Registered massage therapists are highly trained health care professionals who are well prepared to help lactating individuals with concerns such as breast pain, infant suckling, engorgement, plugged ducts, or mastitis.   A study published in 2016 … Read More

Exercise for Cancer Warriors and Survivors

August 18, 2022By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Fitness is an important part of preparation for and recovery from surgery or other medical interventions. Fitness involves various aspects of your health, including mobility, strength, balance, heart and lung capacity, and energy. If you’ve just had surgery, or if you’re going through cancer treatment — particularly chemotherapy — exercise may be the last thing … Read More

Pelvic Floor and Oncology

June 18, 2022By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a common side effect of cancer and cancer treatments and can impact both men and women. Dysfunction can occur immediately as a result of surgical intervention, or as a side effect of cancer treatments. It is important to understand how the pelvic floor functions before exploring PFD. The pelvic floor … Read More

Breast Cancer and Alcohol Consumption

April 25, 2022By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be a life altering event that leaves many people wondering what may have caused it. Although there is no one specific habit or genetic influence that causes breast cancer, there are some risk factors that increase your likelihood of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. Risk factors can either be … Read More

Genital Lymphedema

March 15, 2022By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

When we think of lymphedema we often think of swollen arms, or compression socks. We don’t usually think about less common area’s where lymphedema can occur, like in the face or genitals. Unfortunately, genital lymphedema is far less discussed than all other areas. The “taboo” nature of discussing genitals has led to deficiencies in the … Read More

Yoga and Breast Cancer

January 20, 2022By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Women with breast cancer are living longer, but are experiencing lasting psychological distress. A study published in the Journal of Integrative Cancer Therapies in January 2020 compared 24 trials of various yoga therapies to determine their effectiveness in reducing cancer related fatigue and overall quality of life. This research was completed at the University of … Read More

Lymphovenous Bypass Post-Operative Care

December 29, 2021By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Lymphovenous bypass (LVB), also known as lymphovenous anastomosis (LVA) is a microscopic surgery where the lymphatic vessels are connected to nearby veins. Using imaging with indocyanine green dye, a suitable lymphatic vessel is identified and connected to a vein. This surgery is being used as an option for patients undergoing an axillary or groin lymph … Read More

Acupuncture and Cancer

October 19, 2021By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, metal needles to stimulate specific points of the body that reach meridians throughout the body. Stimulation of these points can have varied effects on the human body, and it has been shown to be beneficial in reducing cancer related health concerns and discomfort. Acupuncture is a regulated health profession … Read More