Breast Cancer Survivorship Resources

Reading Suggestions

  • BREAST CANCER HUSBAND: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond
    By Marc Silver
  • Intimacy After Cancer - A Woman's Guide 
    By Sally Kydd, M.D. and Dana Rowett
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins
    By Marissa Weiss, M.D. and Ellen Weiss
  • Spinning Straw Into Gold: Your Emotional Recovery From Breast Cancer
    By Ronnie Kaye
  • The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan (Harvard Medical School Guides)
    By Carolyn M. Kaelin, M.D., Francesca Coltrera, Josie Gardiner and Joy Prouty
  • To Be Alive: A Woman's Guide to a Full Life After Cancer
    By Carolyn Runowicz and Donna Haupt
  • Advanced Breast Cancer: A Guide to Living with Metastatic Disease
    By Musa Mayer

Caregiver Support Resources

Possible Physical Side Effects of Treatment

Fatigue - can be an issue for weeks or up to months after treatment.  It is known that exercise at a moderate level, 4 to 5 times a week for up to an hour a day can improve and slowly decrease fatigue.

Peripheral Neuropathy - numbness and tingling sensation in fingers and toes which can take months to repair.

Sexual Dysfunction - can be anything from decreased libido, to decreased flexibility of tissue and lubrication.

Nutrition - healthy eating and physical activity after treatment are important as you recover from treatment and begin your life beyond breast cancer.

Fertility Issues - for both women and men can occur due to surgical effects especially for those undergoing Rectal cancer.

Lymphedema - is the swelling in hands, feet, ankles, legs, and arms that doesn't resolve for months to years after treatment.

Hot Flashes - chemotherapy and estrogen suppression can dramatically lower your estrogen levels causing hot flashes.

Chemo Brain - over the past few years, a lesser-known side effect of cancer treatment-- the cognitive dysfunction commonly called "chemo-brain" has been recognized.

Bone Health - read about the basics of bone health, bone health tests, breast cancer treatments that affect bones, and ways to keep your bones strong.