Category Archives: Breast Cancer

Conventional, alternative and complementary therapies in the treatment of cancer

There’s an interesting and thought-provoking article just out in The Guardian, published in London, by an oncologist who practises in Britain’s National Health Service. It raises important questions about why some people opt for untried, untested ‘therapies’ as against trialled remedies of proven efficacy.

You can read the full article here.

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Alison goes for Pink (Jeremy too!!)

Alison and Jeremy Pink Ribbon Walk 2014One of our members (together with her intrepid husband) recently took part in the 2014 Pink Ribbon Walk at Blenheim Palace in the UK. She was walking with a purpose – well, two actually: firstly in memory of our dear friend Sheena and secondly, to raise money (£3500 no less) for the excellent organisation Breast Cancer Care. Great work, both of you – definitely looking in the pink of condition!!

Based in the UK, BCC is a fine organisation that brings people together, provides information and support, and campaigns for improved standards of care in breast cancer. Here at Cancer Support Basel we hold a number of their excellent, clear, informative leaflets on various subjects related to breast cancer, which are freely available to our members. We’re delighted Alison could remember Sheena in such a positive way as well as raising such a terrific sum for a worthwhile cause.

 

Tiredness after Breast Cancer

Over the years since our group was formed (back in 2001), we’ve had many people commenting on the perennial problem of tiredness after breast cancer treatment – and not only in the immediate aftermath, but many months and sometimes years after.

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I recently retrieved the excellent article printed below, which appeared originally in the Leben Wie Zuvor quarterly Bulletin. It was written by a wonderful woman named Professor Christa Cerni, a research scientist in the field of oncology, for many years a regular contributor to the Bulletin and an inspiring speaker at Leben Wie Zuvor conferences and seminars.

Here’s what she wrote – and if you’re one of those people still suffering from fatigue, months or years on, I hope it will offer some comfort: Continue reading

Angelina Jolie’s Preventive Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy, which she explained in her recent essay in the New York Times, has drawn praise and criticism in almost equal measure, provoking intense debate in the cybersphere – and within our own group.

One of our members forwarded me this thoughtful article from WebMD, which underlines the difficult choices facing women who find out they have a high risk for breast cancer because of a genetic mutation.

This headline news has worried and unsettled many people. However, as the WebMD article points out, Jolie’s medical situation is extremely unusual, comparable with only a tiny minority of breast cancer cases.

If you too have been worried and unsettled by the news and need a fuller understanding of the issues, don’t hesitate to speak to a specialist (your GP, oncologist, gynaecologist). They are best placed to talk through the issues with you and to help you put the matter into perspective.