Ask an Expert: View a Question
 
 
 
 

Ask an Expert is a free question-and-answer service about breast cancer and breast health that is available on weekends. If you'd like to ask a question or comment, please visit us again on Saturday or Sunday. In the meantime, please search the existing topics using the search tool at the top of the page. It's quite possible that one of our many existing topics already addresses your question.

If you would like a consultation with a breast specialist at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, call 443-997-8282. It is possible to get an appointment for a second opinion within a few days of contacting us.

We hope you find the information helpful!

ForumQuestionsAsk a Question
Family Support
Questions about breast cancer & family support.
153 Ask a Question

AskedPublicly Submitted Question
6/28/2008Dear Lillie, I am having a very difficult time getting my sister to be more positive. I know it must be terrible to know you have a very rare breast cancer but she has always been a pessimistic person and I don,t know how to handle it. The doctor says she has about a 50% chance of reoccurance and she only thinks of the glass as half empty instead of half full. She dwells on this every hour of every day and I'm afraid she is going to loose her mind. I can't get her to think of anything else even trying to get her to a support group. She talks to people but probably makes them feel worse about their own cancer. Can you suggest anything outside of just fighting with her? She is even getting mad and aggitated about everything and doesn't want to even talk to anyone about anything. Please help
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
6/29/2008she needs a therapist. it can be particularly hard for a family member to try to change the mind of a relative.

Please note: This service is not intended to provide primary medical advice concerning specific medical care or treatment. Ask an Expert is a free service operated by health care professionals at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. Due to the volume of questions and their complexity, there are times when medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists or oncology nurses are consulted for their input. These individuals volunteer their time for this service and will respond as soon as they are able. Please do not post or send the same question to us in multiple locations or categories.

The contents of this portion of the website cannot be used as a substitute for a consultation with your doctor or other healthcare provider. It also may not represent the opinions of other Johns Hopkins professionals. It is a free service performed on volunteer time and intended to provide feedback to questions posted by consumers however should not be used as a directive or instructions to now follow. Seeing your own medical provider is always important in getting your needs and questions addressed. In the majority of cases, a clinical examination, review of pathology slides and xrays, along with other medical information is needed to truly provide a consultative service. If you wish to receive a formal consultation with our physicians please call 443-997-8282 for surgical appointments and 410-955-8964 for medical or radiation oncology appts. For breast imaging, call 410-955-4100.

 
 
 
 
 

© The Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Health System, All rights reserved.