Inflammatory breast cancer, do you know it?

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Have you heard about inflammatory breast cancer? Symptoms resemble mastitis without fever. It develops rapidly, is aggressive, generally without a lump and can be misdiagnosed. Learn what it is, symptoms and screening by reading the excellent text, translated and reprinted here, from the leaflet created by Suzanne Lemay (in French). Continue readingInflammatory breast cancer, do you know it?

[Petition] Coverage of care required with lymphedema

Lymphedema is misdiagnosed and little treated, with the complications that this entails. This is partly because decongestive lymphatic therapy involves significant financial costs, which are poorly covered. That’s why the Lymphedema Association of Québec initiated a petition to request full coverage by the RAMQ of the necessary care for lymphedema. Continue reading[Petition] Coverage of care required with lymphedema

Follow-up – Anxiety, glaucoma diagnosis and post-cancer control

A follow-up of my significant medical appointments and the way I feel. Since the beginning of the year, I experienced a lot of anxiety and even became obsessed, which led to increased pain and required medication adjustments. Appointment in ophthalmology: diagnosis of glaucoma. Good news during my follow-up in oncology. Continue readingFollow-up – Anxiety, glaucoma diagnosis and post-cancer control

Gratitude despite cancer

Despite the ups and downs since diagnosis, I have gratitude for : my family physician, my sister, my radiation oncologist, the Quebec Cancer Foundation Montreal’s accomodation, my many virtual or in-person support groups, the Association québécoise de la douleur chronique, the MUHC lymphedema clinic and the Lymphedema Association of Quebec. Continue readingGratitude despite cancer

Mastectomy, how to prepare? My experience

You must have a mastectomy? My observations, my tricks, my experience, the more neglected elements and the general advice before a general anesthesia with hospitalization. In short, what you need to know to properly plan the mastectomy day and convalescence in order to live this period as best as possible. Continue readingMastectomy, how to prepare? My experience

Medication, fever and chemotherapy

Here are some of the instructions I received during chemotherapy: If you haven’t already done so, get a thermometer. If the body temperature reaches: 38 °C (100.4 °F): check again 1 hour later; If the temperature has remained stable or increased, go to the emergency room; if the temperature has Continue readingMedication, fever and chemotherapy

A few remarks about breast cancer screening

A few remarks about breast cancer screening From time to time, I hear comments from the general public about the minimum age to be included in the breast cancer screening program, the proposed frequency and breast self-examination. I would therefore like to make a few remarks on these subjects. Breast Continue readingA few remarks about breast cancer screening

Predictors of persistent pain after breast surgery

A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association examines the factors associated with the risk of persistent pain, defined by more than two months, following surgery for breast cancer. They reviewed and analyzed 30 studies involving a total of 19,813 patients. They found several factors: a younger Continue readingPredictors of persistent pain after breast surgery

Victoria’s Quilts Canada: a quilt to bring comfort

What? Here is a little-known Canadian organization that I heard about by a cancer sister: Victoria’s Quilts Canada. The mission of Victoria’s Quilts Canada is to provide handmade quilts to people living with cancer in Canada. By providing these quilts, we hope to bring physical comfort to those dealing with Continue readingVictoria’s Quilts Canada: a quilt to bring comfort

Inflammatory breast cancer and breast reconstruction

Immediate or delayed rebuild ? Immediate reconstruction is not recommended for inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) for several reasons: the recurrence rate is high and it is important to be able to monitor the breast area; reconstruction may make it more difficult to detect a recurrence; the risk of complication (eg Continue readingInflammatory breast cancer and breast reconstruction