I'm Taking Charge: Life After Breast Cancer

I’m Taking Charge – Life After Breast Cancer

Whether you face a new or old breast cancer diagnosis, whether you will have breast surgery tomorrow or had it ten years ago, we’re here to support you as you take charge of your life after a breast cancer diagnosis. Of course, by “after breast cancer,” we don’t mean life in which no fear of breast cancer exists. We don’t even mean a life in which no tumors exist.  However, as your breast cancer diagnosis become older and older news to you, we hope this page will be a resource for you in your long-term journey. Check back often as we deal with many of the challenges that life after a breast cancer diagnosis includes. Join in the conversation, comment, and share with us the things that have helped you discover your new normal.


ITC’s April 2017 Theme: Life With Breast Cancer
03 Apr 2017

ITC’s April 2017 Theme: Life With Breast Cancer

So, you’ve got breast cancer. Now what? We at I’m Taking Charge get it. You need answers, and we deliver them as best we can. We cover all aspects of life with breast cancer. We also cover your options are for treatment and breast reconstruction. But this month we’re really digging in. Instead of reporting on a handful of topics related to breast cancer and...

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Getting an “A” in Reality 101: College Students and Breast Cancer
13 Mar 2017

Getting an “A” in Reality 101: College Students and Breast Cancer

As you may already know, college is a stressful but exciting time. It presents plenty of new challenges and exposure to more people, views and activities. However, if you’re dealing with breast cancer at a young age, the natural appeal of college can disappear. When we talk about young women and breast cancer, we often focus on women between the ages of 25 and 39. But this...

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Young Breast Cancer Patients: Why So Many, and What Can Be Done?
10 Mar 2017

Young Breast Cancer Patients: Why So Many, and What Can Be Done?

The fight against breast cancer has made some significant strides over the past several years. Overall, cancer deaths have decreased by 20 percent during the past 20 years according to the American Cancer Society. Plus incidence rates for breast cancer have stayed relatively stable during the past couple years. Yet reports are showing that metastatic breast cancer among young women is actually on the rise....

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Be a Rockin’ Co-Survivor: How to Help a Young Friend With Breast Cancer
07 Mar 2017

Be a Rockin’ Co-Survivor: How to Help a Young Friend With Breast Cancer

If you don’t already know, a co-survivor is a person who provides support to individuals with breast cancer. They could be family members, friends, co-workers or another individual who has experienced breast cancer. Health care providers, spiritual advisers, and support group members are also frequently classified as co-survivors. Being a co-survivor for a young friend with breast cancer can be especially challenging. Most support groups are geared...

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Young Women With Breast Cancer: ITC’s March 2017 Focus
01 Mar 2017

Young Women With Breast Cancer: ITC’s March 2017 Focus

Yes, it’s true that breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in women, and surprisingly it’s the leading cause of death in women younger than 50, according to the American Cancer Society. This month, we decided to devote our efforts to exploring what both science and real life experience say about young women with breast cancer.   Some Relevant Statistics   Let’s look at some...

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Mammogram Memes: Laughter Is Great Medicine!
27 Jan 2017

Mammogram Memes: Laughter Is Great Medicine!

We’ve already discussed mammogram laws, how mammograms work, mammograms during pregnancy/breastfeeding, preparation and mammogram alternatives this month. So why don’t we just relax for a few minutes and enjoy a bit of laughter? Breast cancer and mammograms are serious topics and we aren’t trying to make light of them. But as many of you know, humor is sometimes the easiest way to deal with a stressful...

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Screening for Breast Cancer During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: Risks vs. Benefits
24 Jan 2017

Screening for Breast Cancer During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: Risks vs. Benefits

I’m forty-one years old, my toddler is almost weaned, and I’m newly pregnant. A mammogram is the last thing on my mind. However, I keep getting email reminders that I’m overdue for one. And I’m going to take action because I know that in my case, screening for breast cancer during pregnancy could save my life.   I’m not taking action only because of what I...

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Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 2)
20 Jan 2017

Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of Carrie’s series on the new breast cancer screening guidelines. In Part 1, she explained why breast exams are still important, and why self exams are crucial for women under age forty. She also covered mammograms during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and touched on the lack of context in detection and in radiology expertise. We’re so grateful to Carrie for taking the...

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Early Detection of Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know
16 Jan 2017

Early Detection of Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

You’ve probably heard it a million times by now: Early detection saves lives. Well, the reason that phrase seems to be everywhere is because it’s true. Early detection of breast cancer gives you the best chance of survival.   Regular screening is extremely important. Sure, there are signs and symptoms associated with breast cancer (we’ll discuss these briefly a bit later). But oftentimes symptoms don’t...

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Mammograms and Mammogram Alternatives: How They Work and Why Breast Density Matters
13 Jan 2017

Mammograms and Mammogram Alternatives: How They Work and Why Breast Density Matters

When most women think of breast imaging technology, they think of mammograms. And rightfully so. Mammograms are the most common and accurate way to view the inside of a woman’s breast. But there are mammogram alternatives. There is also a certain type of mammogram that works best for dense breasts.   So, what are all the types of breast imaging? Do you have dense breasts?...

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