As Touro’s 6th Annual 31 Days of Pink campaign comes to an end, we are inspired by the countless stories of hope, determination and survivorship! There are currently more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States – we celebrate each of you and honor loved ones who have been lost to this disease. While we have highlighted breast cancer awareness, breast health, screening mammography, treatment, support, survivorship, and much more for 31 days this October, we are reminded that fighting this disease does not end on October 31 – it continues for 365 days and beyond!
Today, early detection is the key to beating breast cancer when it is most effectively treated. Encourage women in your life to stay on top of annual screenings including breast-self exams, clinical examinations and screening mammography. If something is of concern, make an appointment with your doctor.
Thank you for going Pink!
To everyone who joined Touro in the conversation to raise breast health awareness this month, we thank you!
Below is a look back at some of our 2015 pink activities. Please come back and follow us next October as we continue the fight. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue the conversation about breast health all year long.
Reliable Nutritional Resources
As you decide on making lifestyle changes, you may find yourself trying to decipher the credibility of information in magazines, the media or the web.
Should you believe all the information? Consider the following tips from the American Council on Science and Health:
- Where is the information coming from? Beware if the source or author is unknown or its from a product manufacturer
- Be cautious of using supplements only available from an internet site – may not be tested for safety ; especially if the product promises a “quick fix” or “ medical miracle”
- Recommendations are based on a single study or testimonials
- Judge the integrity of website – is the site intended to educate or sell?
- It sounds too good to be true!
The following is a list of reliable Cancer & Nutrition Resources:
American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org
American Institute for Cancer Research: http://www.aicr.org
CancerNet (National Cancer Institute): http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov
Memorial Sloan Kettering: http://www.mskcc.org
National Cancer Institute: http://cis.nci.gov
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: http://www.cancer.gov
Oncolink (University of Pennsylvania): http://www.oncolink.org
Touro’s Therapeutic Wellness program incorporates gentle yoga and relaxation techniques to help you develop strength, stamina, and a sense of well-being, both during and after cancer treatment.
Practicing these techniques—in an individual program designed by an occupational therapist—can potentially help you:
- manage treatment side effects
- reduce stress and anxiety
- strengthen your immune system
- promote general wellness
The relaxation training you receive through Therapeutic Wellness is designed to compliment your current medical care. To make certain you are physically ready for this program, your physician’s referral is required for you to participate. Therapeutic Wellness is offered in individual sessions for a fee which is usually covered by your health insurance.
For more information or to schedule a Therapeutic Wellness session, please contact Tamarin Hennebury, LOTR, Certified Yoga Instructor, through the Touro Occupational Therapy Dept. at 504-897-8188.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 7 percent of women will get breast cancer by age 70 and about 1 percent will get ovarian cancer by the age of 70. Most breast and ovarian cancers occur in women after the age of 50.Family health history is an important factor affecting a woman’s risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Every woman should be aware of these cancers in her family. In general, the more close relatives who have had breast or ovarian cancer, and the earlier their ages of diagnosis, the greater a woman’s risk.
Click here to read more about family history and breast cancer risk and what women can do to reduce their risk from John Colfry, MD, Breast Surgical Oncologist at Touro Infirmary.
Surgery is generally the first step in treating a woman with early stage breast cancer. This graphic summarizes the different types of surgeries to help patients understand the options available to them.
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On June 1, 2015 Touro celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day®!
National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.
Click each video below to hear from Touro’s very own inspiring cancer survivors.
Comprehensive Cancer Care:
Touro offers individuals with cancer a comprehensive program that focuses on treating the whole person by addressing their medical and supportive care needs every step of the way.
There’s no doubt that having cancer impacts your mind, body, spirit and relationships. But you don’t have to experience cancer alone. Supportive care is an important part of the cancer program at Touro Infirmary. Getting the support you need empowers you to fight cancer and recover from treatment.
The Touro Supportive Cancer Care Center offers a wide variety of services, including new patient orientation, library resources, counseling services and support groups, to help patients and their family and friends from diagnosis through treatment and while adjusting to life after cancer treatment.
At a support group, you’ll find people with problems similar to yours, practical information about treatment and tips on how to adjust to life beyond cancer. Touro’s Supportive Cancer Care Center offers a variety of FREE support groups, programs and services to patients and their family members.
To learn more about Touro’s Supportive Cancer Care Center and which services might best help you, call 504-897–8678 or visit http://www.touro.com/cancer.
Find a FREE Guide Online:
Click here to download a FREE guide of Touro’s Supportive Cancer Care Center’s resources.