The end of breast cancer treatment does not always mean a return to normal life. Many patients find themselves having to adjust to a "new normal" as they deal with the side effects of their treatments.
On September 16, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and SHARE will co-host a webinar on the widespread physical and psychological damages women are reporting as side effects of their breast cancer treatments.
In "The Cost of the Cure: Collateral Damage from Breast Cancer Treatment," (9/16, 4 pm ET), Dr. Susan Love will provide insight into the issues, including:
- Making the connection between your breast cancer treatments and side effects
- Signs, symptoms and resources for treatment-related side effects, such as neuropathy, chemobrain and others
- The doctor/patient conversation
- Palliative care: living with the new normal
- The Collateral Damage project: why is it important?
The goals of the webinar are to increase awareness of the connection between side effects and breast cancer treatment, and to discuss practical ways to cope. Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation's goal is to understand and document the true cost of a breast cancer diagnosis by capturing the voice of survivors first-hand. What we learn through this process may lead to breakthroughs in treatment protocols, better communication between doctors and patients, and improved survivorship.
This webinar is based on "The Collateral Damage project," an initiative started in 2013 when the Foundation put out a call to breast cancer survivors to provide input about the side effects they experienced following breast cancer treatment. Within weeks, the Foundation received more than 3,300 responses, covering a wide range of issues, many of which were reported as long-term and debilitating.
In an effort to document the cost of the cure and focus attention on the collateral damage that can result from today's cancer treatments, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is distilling the voice of the survivors into a formal line of study using the Foundation's Health of Women [HOW] Study™. The [HOW] Study is the largest online breast cancer study open to anyone aged 18 and older, both with and without a history of breast cancer. The study is tracking personal and family health history, reproductive health, weight and exercise, environmental factors, and other potential risk factors.
Learn more about the Collateral Damage project and the Health of Women [HOW] Study by joining the webinar on Tuesday, September 16 at 4 PM EDT.