Coping with the side effects of chemotherapy

Upon receiving a cancer diagnosis, men and women are often quick to inquire about their options with regard to treating their disease. Treatments vary depending on the type of cancer and whether or not the cancer has begun to spread, or metastasize, beyond its point of origin, but chemotherapy is one option used to treat various cancers. First used to treat cancer in the... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Talk therapy can help cancer patients heal

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a profound experience that often changes the course of people’s lives. Individuals react to cancer diagnoses in various ways, with some retreating into themselves and others sharing their stories to garner as much strength as they can muster. A strong support system can help men and women navigate the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis and... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Mohawk Valley Health System participates in Real Men Wear Pink campaign

The 2017 Real Men Wear Pink campaign is focusing on the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society research has helped develop better therapies, greater understanding of possible ways to stop the spread of breast cancer to other areas and improved quality of life for patients and their families. This year, the Real Men Wear Pink campaign hopes to... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Wearing a bra after a mastectomy

When treating breast cancer, doctors may explore various options based on a patient’s symptoms and how far the cancer has advanced. In addition to radiation, chemotherapy and removal of the tumor (lumpectomy), mastectomy may be part of the treatment plan. Personal and medical reasons have increased the number of mastectomies being performed. According to Harvard Medical... 12:00pm 10/19/17

What is metastatic breast cancer?

A cancer diagnosis is never welcome news. Once such a diagnosis has been made, doctors will work to determine the stage of the cancer, which helps them develop a treatment plan and prognosis. Cancer is most treatable when caught in its earliest stages, when tumors may be small and contained. When a person is diagnosed with metastatic cancer, commonly known as stage 4 cancer,... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Managing your chemotherapy records

Battling breast cancer can be exhausting. As the American Cancer Society notes, the most common side effect of cancer treatment is fatigue, and many breast cancer patients find themselves lacking energy after treatment. But as draining as such fatigue can be, breast cancer patients must make an effort to keep track of their treatments so they can stay organized. Many cancer... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Breast cancer support groups

The Cancer Center at Mohawk Valley Health System offers three support programs for cancer patients and for the caregivers of patients, including one specifically designed for survivors of breast cancer post surgery. All support groups host programs at the Faxton-St. Luke’s campuses in Utica. The Cancer Center provides the following social work services to cancer patients and... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Did you know?

Men have a small amount of breast tissue, and that means they can be affected by breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, men’s breast tissue has ducts, but only few, if any, lobules. That’s because men do not have enough female hormones to promote the growth of breast cells. Breast cancer can be separated into several types based on what the cancer cells look... 12:00pm 10/19/17

The differences between chemotherapy and radiation

Cancer can take on many forms and spread throughout the body, infiltrating healthy cells and causing an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells that often turn into tumors. Various cancer-treatment options are available to treat men and women diagnosed with this potentially deadly disease, but the ones most familiar to many people are radiation and chemotherapy. Working with... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Mohawk Glen Imaging provides accurate, caring breast cancer screening

Since 1998 the staff at Mohawk Glen Imaging have combined a commitment to compassionate care with the latest in imaging technology to help area women in the Rome area detect, fight, and overcome breast cancer. The facility’s 10 employees are experts in a number of areas. These include radiology, ultrasound, mammography, computed tomography/CAT scans, Magnetic Resonance... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Exercising after breast cancer

Routine exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise can help people maintain healthy weights, reduce stress and lower their risk for various diseases. After surviving breast cancer, many survivors wonder if it’s safe to return to the exercise regimens they followed prior to being diagnosed. Breast cancer survivors can benefit from exercise, but it’s... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Breast implants carry very low risk of causing cancer

Cosmetic surgery to address anything from wrinkles to abdominal fat has become more acceptable in recent decades. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that, since 2000, overall procedures have risen by 115 percent. Although procedures like lower body lifts and nose reshaping remain popular, breast augmentation was the most common of the 1.7 million cosmetic surgical... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Nunn’s Home Medical Equipment offers post surgical products

Nunn’s Home Medical Equipment, 1340 Floyd Ave., is celebrating 75 years this year of providing “the care you need with the service you deserve.” In support of breast cancer patients, Nunn’s offers three certified fitters of post surgical products. They have a variety of mastectomy bras and prosthesis. A private fitting room is available on-site. The business also carries... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Cancer recurrence a difficult message to receive

A cancer diagnosis is never welcome news, especially when it comes unexpectedly. Cancer patients may undergo treatment for weeks or months, all the while hoping that treatment will ultimately prove effective. But cancer can return even when it is successfully treated, and the prospect of that return understandably induces concern. The risk of recurrence is different for each... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Did you know?

The leading risk factor for breast cancer is just being a woman. Although breast cancer does occur in men — about 2,150 are diagnosed annually — the disease is more than 100 times more common in women. Most incidents of breast cancer — approximately 85 percent, occurs inwomen who have no family history ofbreast cancer. About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers can be traced to... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Breast cancer diagnosis often described in stages

Upon receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, many women instantly want to know their chances for survival. Such a reaction is understandable when receiving a diagnosis of any disease, and especially one as potentially deadly as breast cancer. A breast cancer patient’s prognosis is often linked to the stage of the disease. Stages are used to make breast cancer more understandable... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Finding the right kind of support can be crucial

Support groups are an important resource for breast cancer survivors. They are essential in helping those affected by breast cancer with a host of issues — from emotional to physical to financial. But there are many kinds of support groups, and finding the right one for you or a loved one can help start the long road to recovery. Types of support groups Support groups vary in... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Life after breast cancer

The moment a person receives a breast cancer diagnosis, his or her life changes immeasurably. The roller coaster of emotions begins, and suddenly this person is thrust into a schedule of doctor’s appointments, treatments and visits from friends and family. The World Cancer Research Fund International says breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and men and is... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Guide to the mastectomy procedure

A breast cancer diagnosis is something no one wants to receive. Dealing with any form of cancer can be overwhelming, but a breast cancer diagnosis can be particularly challenging, especially when physicians recommend mastectomy to their patients.  The Mayo Clinic notes that mastectomy is an umbrella term used to describe several different procedures. While it’s largely thought... 12:00pm 10/19/17

How to improve quality of life during cancer treatment

Fighting cancer is the biggest priority for people when they have been diagnosed with the disease. After the initial shock of diagnosis has worn off, patients can then take their first steps towards recovery. Powerful chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments can kill cancer cells and prevent them from spreading. Individuals may also need other medications to help mitigate... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy

Apart from certain skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, particularly American women. It does not segregate based on race and ethnicity or even gender, as men can be diagnosed with breast cancer as well. Depending on the location of the cancer, its pervasiveness and the patient’s family history, various breast cancer treatments are... 12:00pm 10/19/17

What causes benign breast lumps?

Johns Hopkins Medical Center says that 40 percent of breast cancer diagnoses result from self-examinations in which individuals find lumps in their breasts. Self-examinations are important for early diagnosis of breast cancer, but not every lump felt is cancerous. Though no lump found in the breast tissue should be ignored, women and even men must remain calm upon discovering... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Rome Memorial Hospital gets second 3D Mammography machine

Women will soon have more options for mammogram appointments thanks to the addition of a second 3D mammography machine and additional hours at the Women’s Imaging Center at Rome Memorial Hospital, an American College of Radiology Breast Center of Excellence. Because everything is sharper and clearer in 3D, images produced by 3D mammography have been proven better at locating... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Preventive mastectomy to avoid breast cancer

People around the world were shocked to learn that actress and activist Angelina Jolie opted to have a double mastectomy in 2013 to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Jolie, who was 37 years old at the time of the procedure, reportedly learned that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. In... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Breast cancer is not exclusive to women

There are many people – male and female – who are completely unaware that men are susceptible to breast cancer. With preventative mammograms and messaging largely geared toward women, men may not even think about the breast cancer risk to themselves. Although less prevalent among men, breast cancer is not exclusive to women. The American Cancer Society estimates that about... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Preparing for your mammography visit

Annual mammograms are widely recommended for women beginning at age 40. Some estimates suggest that more than 48 million mammography screenings areperformed in the United States every year.  Whether it is a woman’s first mammography or her twentieth, preparing for the appointment can ease anxiety and make the experience go more smoothly. The following are some guidelines to... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Regrow healthy hair after chemo

Chemotherapy is designed to attack rapidly dividing cells. Unfortunately, hair follicles are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. That’s why, within a few weeks of beginning chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, many women report losing some or all of their hair. says that some chemotherapy treatments will only cause hair loss on the head. Others... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Choose the right cancer care specialist for you

Cancer is a word no one wants to hear. Unfortunately, according to, around one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, while the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation notes that one in nine Canadian women will receive the same news. A cancer diagnosis is more manageable when patients have knowledgeable and supportive... 12:00pm 10/19/17

What to expect after a mastectomy

A person’s life changes when he or she receives a breast cancer diagnosis. There are many questions that need to be answered, and one of them is usually, “What are my options?”  One of the treatment options in the fight against breast cancer is a mastectomy. Though the number of mastectomies performed each year was in decline a mere decade ago, more and more are now being... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Potential side effects of breast cancer treatments

Treatments for breast cancer have evolved considerably in recent years. When breast cancer is detected early enough to be categorized as stage 0 or stage I, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent. That’s a testament to the hard work of cancer researchers who continue to develop effective ways to treat and defeat breast cancer. As effective as cancer treatments can be,... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Cancer therapy and coping with hair loss

A breast cancer diagnosis can catch a person off-guard and drum up all types of feelings. Many people diagnosed with cancer become anxious about treatment and any potential side effects it may produce.  Hair loss is one side effect widely associated with cancer treatment, though not all cancer patients will lose their hair. For example, notes that patients... 12:00pm 10/19/17

Don't underestimate self-exams

As technology improves, more women are relying on ultra-sensitive mammography equipment to detect breast cancer, but that doens’t mean that women should skip self-examinations or underestimate the importance of performing regular checks themselves. According to research from the American Cancer Society, eight out of 10 lumps in the breast will be discovered by women... 12:00pm 10/19/17