March 2002
Article Features
  Reducing Depression Does Not Reduce Fatigue
Coping within the Family
Take Caution with Kava
Government Reports Send Mixed Messages
Treating Hot Flashes-and Depression
Primary Care Influences Mammography Rates
Silicone Implants for Breast Reconstruction
Higher Death Rates in African Americans
A New Method for Researching Cancer Drugs
Tracking Patients After Treatment
Treating Breast Cancer in Very Young Women
Backlash - Controversial Mammography Findings

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Complementary Approaches to Controlling Pain
Combining Herceptin and Iressa
Cannabis for Cancer Pain
Complementing Mammography-Ultrasound "Touch"

Preparing Breast Cancer Patients for Life After Treatment-Survivor Retreats
    By Lillie Shockney, RN., BS., MAS
    Director of Education and Outreach
    The Johns Hopkins Breast Center
    Baltimore, Maryland

A great deal of care and time is spent on addressing patient's emotional needs during the process of their breast cancer treatment, but little time is spent preparing them for their life after breast cancer. Most health care professionals are focusing instead on the newly diagnosed patient who will immediately occupy the previous patient's chair. It is perhaps even assumed that the doctors and nurses who have been involved in the patient's treatment aren't responsible for helping her re-engage in her life once treatment is supposedly behind her.

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