Last updated 1 year ago
Undergoing breast cancer treatment can impact your appetite in a number of ways. Although it is impossible to predict exactly how treatment will make you feel, many breast cancer patients experience nausea, constipation, mouth sores, and other side effects that can make eating difficult. However, getting enough calories and the right nutrients will support your health and battle treatment-related fatigue. Here are some ways to eat healthy while coping with breast cancer:
Healthy Eating with Nausea
When you’re nauseous, eating can be extremely challenging. You’re likely to tolerate some foods while others will seem completely unpalatable, so listen to your body and eat what you can handle. Smell plays a major role in nausea, so you may find it easier to eat if you’re far from the kitchen during food preparation, when smells are strong. Eating cold food may also help, since it gives off fewer aromas.
If you are too nauseous for solid food, you can rely on clear liquids like chicken broth or sports drinks for up to two days. After that, contact your doctor. Drinking water or flat ginger ale before eating may also settle your stomach. Many patients find that eating protein also helps.
Healthy Eating with Mouth Sores
Mouth sores can keep you from eating well even when you’re hungry, because it seems like every food irritates your mouth. Start meals by eating a teaspoon of sour cream, mixed with vanilla and sugar, if you like. This will coat the sores and your throat. Rely on high-calorie foods, like cheese, yogurt, and even milkshakes, if you can only eat small amounts. Soaking cereal in milk and pasta in sauce to make it soggy will also help you get nutrients. Puree fruits and veggies for an extra boost.
Healthy Eating with Constipation
Rely on high-fiber foods like beans, cereals, and fruits to combat constipation. Also increase your water intake and avoid foods like cheese, which can exacerbate your condition.
Listening to your body is the most important part of eating while undergoing breast cancer treatment. For help maintaining good eating habits despite breast cancer, turn to Marla W. Dudak, MD. Make an appointment by calling (888) 418-6759.
Last updated 2 years ago
Facing breast cancer is challenging, but help is at hand. Explore these links to arm yourself with information that will help you understand your breast cancer risk and how to deal with the disease if you have been diagnosed. For expert breast cancer treatment, make an appointment with Marla W. Dudak, MD. Dr. Dudak is a breast cancer specialist who can help you cope with all aspects of your disease. To set up an appointment today, call us at (888) 418-6759.
Learn more about the link between weight and breast cancer by reading this ABC News article.
The American Cancer Society explains known human carcinogens at their website.
Find out how Visica cryoablation works to treat benign breast lumps.
MedicineNet discusses fibrocystic breasts and benign lumps in this article.
If you’re worried about telling your loved ones about your breast cancer, this Health magazine article will help.
Last updated 2 years ago
Processing the news that you have breast cancer is hard enough without having to face the idea of telling your loved ones about your condition. However, even though you know that your announcement may cause them worry and elicit questions you’re not ready to answer, telling those closest to you can be an important first step in taking control of your breast cancer treatment. This advice will help you talk about your breast cancer with the people who love you:
Decide Who to Tell
Your immediate family and close friends probably need to know about your breast cancer diagnosis. They will notice changes in you, and you will need their help and support as you go through treatment. Remember that you’re in control over exactly who needs to know your news, though. It’s up to you how much you share with people at work, more distant relatives, and social acquaintances. You don’t owe everyone a face-to-face discussion, either. An email is perfectly acceptable.
Be Honest with Your Kids
You may be tempted to sugarcoat the situation for your children, but try to avoid that approach. Instead, give them the facts in language they can understand. Be ready to answer their questions. The real story will be more comforting to them than the scenarios they’ll dream up on their own if you’re not honest.
When the thought of telling someone that you have breast cancer is overwhelming, ask for support. If you’re worried about telling your spouse, ask your breast cancer doctor to help. Get your sibling to go with you when you tell your parents. Ask a close friend to come with you when you tell your boss. You’ll feel more comfortable knowing that someone is there on your side to help you cope with the reaction.
Marla W. Dudak, MD is always available to answer your questions about your breast cancer diagnosis and help you find ways to explain your condition to your family. For quality, compassionate breast cancer care, make an appointment at our Boca Raton clinic today by calling (888) 418-6759.
Last updated 2 years ago
Doctors have long classified breast cancer into different types of diseases, but the result of a 2012 study has given them even greater insight into the distinction between cancerous cells of the breast. Identifying these differences could give doctors a greater ability to personalize targeted breast cancer treatment.
This video discusses the findings of this study, published in Nature. Scientists gathered greater information than ever before about the different cellular defects that cause cancer. Understanding these defects could lead to the development of new treatments. For instance, the cells present in triple negative breast cancer, one of the most serious types, share more in common with ovarian cancer cells than other breast cancer cells. That means ovarian cancer treatments could be more effective in combating this kind of cancer.
For compassionate, cutting-edge breast cancer treatment, trust Marla W. Dudak, MD. Call (888) 418-6759 to make an appointment or to hear more about Dr. Dudak’s approach to breast cancer care.
Last updated 2 years ago
Breast lumps always raise the concern of breast cancer, but not all lumps are actually cancerous. However, even non-cancerous breast lumps often require treatment. Sometimes, doctors recommend removing lumps to prevent them from becoming malignant. In other cases, patients may find the lumps painful or stress-inducing. Like cancerous breast lumps, benign lumps can be removed during surgery, but many patients prefer a less-invasive approach. This is where Visica enters the picture. This treatment system offers a non-invasive way to resolve breast lumps. Here is what you need to know:
What Is the Visica Treatment System?
Visica is a type of cryoablation therapy. This system uses extreme cold to destroy the tissue in the breast lump. Ultrasound technology helps guide the cryoablation treatment so that only a small incision needs to be made. The procedure is usually performed in a medical office rather than a hospital.
What Should I Expect During Visica Treatment?
Before beginning treatment, your doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the area of the breast to be treated. She will then make a small incision and apply extreme cold to the breast lump. The tissue will be destroyed, and over time, healthy tissue will grow in its place. The incision is so small that it does not require stitches, and the entire process takes approximately 30 minutes.
What Are Some of the Advantages of Visica Treatment?
Visica offers many benefits over other breast lump treatments. The resulting scar is nearly invisible, unlike the scars that accompany other breast surgeries. The process is also fast. Since only a local anesthetic is used, you can drive yourself to and from your appointment and return to normal activities right after treatment. Visica is also associated with a lower risk of recurrence of breast lumps.
Is Visica the right choice for your treatment? Have your breast lumps biopsied and treated by breast cancer expert Marla W. Dudak, MD. Dr. Dudak is dedicated to treating breast diseases and conquering breast cancer from her Boca Raton office. Schedule your appointment today by calling (888) 418-6759.