Long Term Impact of Breast Cancer
The field of cancer survivorship is growing quickly. A decade ago, there was no research or discussion about long term effects of cancer treatment, and now it is a mandated part of cancer care (that is, to be fully accredited, a cancer center must include services for cancer survivors). The obvious explanation is that many of us go on to live long lives after cancer, and there may be residual physical and emotional issues related to our treatments. The emotional issues are my primary interest, but I certainly pay attention to the concerns about cardiac health, bone density, the small change of another related cancer, etc.
Here is the transcript/podcast of an excellent talk by Dr Julie Gralow for NBCC about these very issues. I am giving you the description and then a link:
The Medical Impact of Breast Cancer on Your Health
Speaker: Julie R. Gralow, MD
Explore the long-term impact of breast cancer treatment on your physical and emotional health. Learn how your doctors monitor risks for recurrence and what tests they use to look for new or secondary cancers. This program discusses osteoporosis and bone health; high cholesterol and heart health; hot flashes and menopausal side effects; lymphedema; exercise, nutrition and weight gain; chemo brain; insomnia and fatigue; and anxiety, depression and mental health. Find out how to prepare for, prevent and manage the impact of breast cancer throughout your life span.