When we talk about breast cancer, much of the conversation often centers on treatments such as chemotherapy and mastectomies. But once the cancer’s gone, patients still have a long recovery ahead.
On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about how reconstructive surgery options have changed and the new options available to women that can help them retain core muscles.
Earlier this year, Luis Belaustegui set off on a long, brutal, exotic journey, in an unprecedented way.
Belaustegui is a motorcycle racer from Argentina who lives in Kansas City. His adventures – and misadventures— in Peru, Chile and his native Argentina, come from racing in the Dakar Rally.
You weathered the diagnosis, underwent surgery, and made it through multiple rounds of chemotherapy. In short, you've survived breast cancer.
When Lisa Galloway was trying to decide what kind of radiation treatment to undergo after surgery for early breast cancer, she jumped at the chance to get a newer, quicker approach.
Instead of dragging on for weeks, the newer form of radiation, called brachytherapy, only takes five days.
"Five days compared to 33 days, I was like, 'Yay!' " says Galloway, 53, of Silver Spring, Md. "So I wanted it so badly. I got it — I got my wish."