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When a good friend has been diagnosed with cancer, it is easy to feel helpless, overwhelmed, and frightened. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to support your friend during their cancer treatment that will serve to lend both of you strength during this difficult time.
When you spend time with your friend, do your best to remain upbeat and positive. If your friend does not want to be in others’ company during their cancer treatment, reaching out to say “I am thinking of you” or “I know you can beat this!” will never hurt. These messages show that you are always rooting for them and available to provide encouragement, emotional support, and positivity during this challenging time.
Avoid Comparing Situations
Each cancer patient has a unique and individual experience with cancer and its treatment. Resist making comparisons with another friend or family member that has fought the disease before, as they may not be relevant to your friend’s feelings and experiences.
Help Around the House
Cooking, cleaning, and gardening can become difficult or impossible when trying to attend regular doctor’s appointments and cancer treatments. Helping your friend keep a tidy, clean home can make a huge difference in their spirits. You may also consider helping to decorate their home for upcoming holidays, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving, to add extra life and cheer to your friend’s home. These small acts can help to keep life normal for your friend and his or her family during cancer treatment.
At South Florida Radiation Oncology, we provide support group services, wellness resources, and advanced radiation therapy for patients fighting cancer. If you would like to learn more about what our Florida Cancer Treatment Centers have to offer you or your loved one, call our staff today at (888) 823-9162. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of personalized care to help you get back to living a healthy, active life.
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Unfortunately, breast cancer is very common in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that one out of very eight American women will be affected by breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. It is not just a women’s disease, however—in rare cases, breast cancer can also occur in men. A man living in the United States has a one in 1,000 risk of developing breast cancer, with an estimated 2,240 new cases to be diagnosed in 2013.
Increased age, a family history of breast cancer, obesity, and prior radiation exposure may all increase a man’s risk of developing breast cancer. You can learn more about breast cancer and other forms of the disease by contacting the cancer care experts of South Florida Radiation Oncology today at (888) 823-9162. You can also visit and subscribe to our blog for information about cancer prevention and treatment.
Last updated 15 days ago
As the world’s first image-guided radiation therapy system, the Trilogy Accelerator revolutionized the treatment of both benign and malignant tumors. Its ability to locate and irradiate a tumor using advanced medical imaging provides a high standard of accuracy, precision, and efficacy.
The Trilogy Accelerator also offers excellent versatility. The system can be used to provide patients with stereotactic radiosurgery, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and other advanced options to provide patients with a customized treatment experience. The accuracy of the Trilogy Accelerator also allows more radiation to be delivered more accurately, shortening treatment times and minimizing side effects.
In addition to Trilogy Accelerator technology, the medical experts at South Florida Radiation Oncology offer TrueBeam, Proton Therapy, Brachytherapy, and other advanced treatment options. You can learn more about these systems and their roles in the fight against cancer by visiting our website or by contacting our Florida Cancer Treatment Center at (888) 823-9162.
Last updated 16 days ago
Breast cancer recurrence refers to the regrowth of a previously treated breast cancer, either within the breast or in another area of the body. While breast cancer may recur at any time after therapy has ended, it is most commonly seen within three to five years of the initial diagnosis and cancer treatment.
Who Is at Risk?
Anyone who has undergone treatment for breast cancer may be at risk for recurrence. Some factors, however, can increase a woman’s risk. Breast cancers that had invaded the blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, or lymph nodes are more likely to recur, as are those that possessed a great number of hormone receptors. Tumors that were able to reach a greater size are also more likely to regrow. The grade of the breast cancer as seen under a microscope and the proliferative capacity of the tumor are other factors that appear to play a role in disease recurrence.
How Is Recurrence Treated?
The treatment for recurrent breast cancer will vary depending on how the patient was treated after their initial diagnosis. Therapy may also depend on the site of the recurrent cancer. If the recurring cancer is found in the liver, brain, or lungs, for example, the treatment will often involve systemic therapy. Tumors that are localized to the breast may be treated using a mastectomy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these modalities.
At South Florida Radiation Oncology, we offer our patients the most advanced radiation treatments available to help treat cancers of the breast, including TrueBeam technology and accelerated partial breast irradiation. Our Multi-Modality Clinics also offer each breast cancer patient a unique, individualized care experience from a multi-disciplinary treatment team. If you would like to learn more about how our radiation oncology team can help join you in the fight against cancer, please call our Florida Cancer Treatment Center today at (888) 823-9162 or visit our website.
Last updated 21 days ago
Some of the risk factors associated with breast cancer—such as age and gender—cannot be altered. Fortunately, there are many other modifiable risk factors that each woman can work to improve through daily lifestyle changes. Research has shown that limiting alcohol consumption to one drink per day, maintaining a healthy weight, and breast-feeding can all be protective against breast cancer.
To more effectively assess your risk for breast cancer, speak with your doctor about your lifestyle, family history, and general health. Together, you can compose the best plan for protection and screening that suits your needs and lifestyle. For more information about breast cancer prevention and risk, contact the health care team at South Florida Radiation Oncology by calling (888) 823-9162 today.