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Unemployment common after breast cancer treatment

Unemployment common after breast cancer treatment | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it

"Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors who were working when they began treatment were unemployed four years later. Women who received chemotherapy were most affected, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

Researchers surveyed woman in Detroit and Los Angeles who had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. They narrowed their sample to the 746 women who reported working at the time they were diagnosed. Participants were surveyed about nine months after diagnosis, and then given a follow-up survey about four years later.

Overall, 30 percent of these working women said they were no longer working at the time of the four-year follow-up survey. Women who received chemotherapy were more likely to report that they were not working four years later."


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Time for the long term economic impact of breast cancer treatment to be taken seriously

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Susan Zager's curator insight, April 28, 2014 1:07 PM

This study brings out important issues with employment and breast cancer treatment. According to the article: ""Many doctors believe that even though patients may miss work during treatment, they will 'bounce back' in the longer term. The results of this study suggest otherwise. Loss of employment is a possible long-term negative consequence of chemotherapy that may not have been fully appreciated to date." 

To see the study go to: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28607/abstract;jsessionid=680D92ABD7CE7FF34BE36928F558508F.f04t02


Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 29, 2014 12:26 PM

Cancer and Careers is a great resource for survivors, not just of breast cancer, but any cancer who may need some support and ideas on how to get back to work, employee rights, etc.  

 

There is an annual conference coming up June 4th in NYC - for information on Cancer & Careers, go to...

 

http://www.cancerandcareers.org/

 

 

Erika Kettlewell's curator insight, October 11, 2014 11:26 PM

This article may be from a few months ago, however I feel as though it has an importance. It is interesting that such a high percentage of woman are no longer employed after receiving treatment. This type of study has never been brought to my attention however I feel as though this is something that make a lot of sense. My Aunt received treatment over 4 years ago and was able to work only a portion of the hours she had been working previous. My mom also lost wages while being off and it took her months to recover, she also does not work the same hours she used to and find it a struggle to work as much as she does. 

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Abstract P5-15-20: What we know and what we must do: A metastatic breast cancer alliance quality of life landscape analysis

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We are beginning to realise that people with secondary cancer need better support, but do we know how to do it? 
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Past Webinars - BreaCan

Past Webinars - BreaCan | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Some of our information sessions are also offered as webinars.
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Good set of teaching seminars for metastatic breast cancer
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Breast Cancer In The Developing World: Rising Rates, Shrouded In Silence

Breast Cancer In The Developing World: Rising Rates, Shrouded In Silence | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Women are afraid their husbands will walk out. They think, I'll die anyway, so what's the point of seeing a doctor. Or there may be no treatment within reach.

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Susan Zager's curator insight, October 23, 2015 11:45 AM

This is an Intersting perspective about breast cancer outside the US and within. 

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Is Mindfulness Safe?

Is Mindfulness Safe? | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
The practice of mindfulness has many benefits, but there may be risks as well. Here we explore the three key dimensions of a safe mindfulness practice.
The post Is Mindfulness Safe? appeared first on Mindful.
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Really useful discussion of the benefits and potential harms of mindfulness
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Defective ‘breast cancer’ genes aren’t just dangerous for women. They’re also linked to aggressive cancer in men.

Defective ‘breast cancer’ genes aren’t just dangerous for women. They’re also linked to aggressive cancer in men. | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 have well-established links to women's diseases -- breast and ovarian cancer. But they also elevate men's health risks, especially for prostate cancer.
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Early Stage Breast Cancer Needs Treatment: Study

Early Stage Breast Cancer Needs Treatment: Study | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Experts say surgery, not observation, is best for cancer confined to milk ducts
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Do we still know enough about this? Is local recurrence a predictor of cancer mortality and are we over treating people giving them such aggressive surgery?
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We’re proud of our mastectomy scars

We’re proud of our mastectomy scars | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Eight breast cancer sufferers support the #showyourscar campaign
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Eight beautiful women show their mastectomy scars.

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10 Myths About Breast Cancer Survivorship: Johns Hopkins Breast Center

10 Myths About Breast Cancer Survivorship: Johns Hopkins Breast Center | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it

"10 Myths About Breast Cancer Survivorship

 MYTH: Eating soy products after having hormone receptor positive breast cancer increases my chance of a recurrence.

FACT: Research on soy has been conflicting over the years. It has the capacity to mimic as well as block certain estrogens. Overall, natural dietary soy in the form of soy milk, soy bean sprouts, tofu or tempeh appears to be safe and may provide significant health benefits when it replaces animal sources of milk and protein. However, soy in concentrated forms such as pills, powders and supplements has the strongest potential for estrogenic activity and probably should be avoided by anyone who has been diagnosed with hormonal receptive breast cancer. 

MYTH: If I tested positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, I must have a bilateral mastectomy.

FACT: Women with a BRCA mutation do have an increased risk of having a second breast cancer and many do choose to have bilateral mastectomies as a preventive measure. However having a BRCA mutation does NOT mean that you have to get a mastectomy. Women with a BRCA mutation are still good candidates for breast-conserving therapy and many choose this for their breast cancer treatment. Women with a BRCA mutation and any residual breast tissue need to be followed closely and are advised to have enhanced breast cancer screenings.

MYTH: My deodorant contributed to my getting breast cancer.

 


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Susan Zager's curator insight, January 20, 2014 8:50 PM

Well worth reading the whole article. 

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An Internet Tool for Creation of Cancer Survivorship Care Plans for Survivors and Health Care Providers: Design, Implementation, Use and User Satisfaction - SnapBuzz

An Internet Tool for Creation of Cancer Survivorship Care Plans for Survivors and Health Care Providers: Design, Implementation, Use and User Satisfaction - SnapBuzz | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
An Internet Tool for Creation of Cancer Survivorship Care Plans for Survivors and Health Care Providers: ... - http://t.co/epkhomK0CQ
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Update on Oncolife, the cancer survivorship care planning tool. 

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Specific Type of Stress Management Helps Improve Mood and Quality of Life Long-Term

Specific Type of Stress Management Helps Improve Mood and Quality of Life Long-Term | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
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CBT benefits women after breast cancer

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SkidzMarks on Twitter

SkidzMarks on Twitter | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
@macmillancancer - a friend produced this about the stages of Cancer Survivorship. I think it's spot on. pic.twitter.com/St4wy4Syig
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My cancer treatment has brought home to me how brilliant our NHS really is

My cancer treatment has brought home to me how brilliant our NHS really is | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
The Sunday People columnist and Loose Women star discusses her shock cancer diagnosis and her determination to continue enjoying life in her own words
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Great to hear someone using language that is not about 'battling cancer'.

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Statins could be new treatment option in women with oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer

Researchers have called for clinical trials into the effects of statins in women with recurrent breast cancer, after finding that these cancers can make a molecule from cholesterol that mimics oestrogen.

As many as 40 000 women in the United Kingdom have oestrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer diagnosed each year, and many are treated after surgery with tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors to block the effects of oestrogen and to reduce the risk of recurrent disease. But, even after endocrine treatment, around 12 000 women with ER positive breast cancer have a recurrence.

In a study reported in the journal …
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This is an amazing new development. 
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Just in case you missed this about statins and breast cancer!
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Voices of Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is the only international charity that specifically helps women and teenagers combat the visible side effects of their cance
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Breast Cancer Prevention May Start In Your Teens, With Lots Of Fruit

Breast Cancer Prevention May Start In Your Teens, With Lots Of Fruit | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Consuming higher amounts of fruit during adolescence was associated with a decreased risk of developing breast cancer in women, a new study found.
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We need to start thinking about health promotion in young women
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Tattoo Artists Cover Breast Cancer Survivors’ Scars With Beautiful Tattoos

Tattoo Artists Cover Breast Cancer Survivors’ Scars With Beautiful Tattoos | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Mastectomies, or surgical removals of all or part of a breast, can be life-saving procedures for people suffering from or at risk of developing breast cancer,
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We need to give much more attention to altered body image
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American Cancer Society/American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline | ASCO Institute For Quality

American Cancer Society/American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline | ASCO Institute For Quality | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Published online before print December 7, 2015, doi 10.1200/JCO.2015.64.3809 Carolyn D. Runowicz, Corinne R. Leach, N. Lynn Henry, Karen S. Henry, Heather T. Mackey, Rebecca L. Cowens-Alvarado, Rachel S. Cannady, Mandi L. Pratt-Chapman, Stephen B. Edge, Linda A. Jacobs, Arti Hurria, Lawrence B. Marks, Samuel J. LaMonte, Ellen Warner, Gary H. Lyman, and Patricia A. Ganz
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ASCO survivorship guidelines

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Living with secondary breast cancer | Breast Cancer Care

Living with secondary breast cancer | Breast Cancer Care | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Share experiences and tips in regular meet-ups with other people in your situation. Also features sessions with experts.
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Thank you Breast Cancer Care - we need more of these through the country. 

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Stress Management Improved QoL for Breast Cancer Patients | Cancer Network

Stress Management Improved QoL for Breast Cancer Patients | Cancer Network | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
Women who received cognitive behavioral stress management after surgery for early breast cancer reported better quality of life and lower symptoms of depression.
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CBT has many benefits for women after breast cancer. Should we be teaching breast care nurses this skill?

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Study Suggests Link Between Diabetes, More Advanced-Stage Breast Cancer

Study Suggests Link Between Diabetes, More Advanced-Stage Breast Cancer | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
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Need more work to explore the link between breast cancer and diabetes.

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Alcohol and breast cancer | Blog | Breast Cancer Campaign

Alcohol and breast cancer | Blog | Breast Cancer Campaign | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
At Breast Cancer Campaign we regularly talk about alcohol and the role it plays in increasing a woman’s risk of breast cancer. But with so many news stories with apparently conflicting headlines about whether alcohol is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for you, you could be forgiven for being suspicious about the link between alcohol and breast cancer. So what does the science say?
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spotting-bad-science-v2.png (1754x2480 pixels) | Breast cancer survivorship | Scoop.it
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Brilliant infographic for spotting bad science! 

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