It’s National Women’s Health Week! From May 13 to May 19, 2018, women in Atlanta and around the country are coming together to raise awareness about women’s health issues and take action to promote women’s wellness. Over the course of this week, one of the issues you might have been hearing a lot about is breast cancer. That’s because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States. For 2018, the American Breast Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 266,000 new diagnoses of breast cancer in women, and almost 41,000 women will die as a result of the disease.
If you’re one of the many breast cancer patients or survivors living in the Atlanta area today, you know how important it is to keep track of your your health and make sure you’re doing everything you can in your lifelong fight against the disease. One of the most effective methods for monitoring your breast health is with breast thermography. Read on to learn more about the benefits of breast thermography for breast cancer patients and breast cancer survivors.
Real-Time Cancer Treatment Monitoring for Breast Cancer Patients
Once you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it feels like you will never truly have answers to all of your questions. Even after your healthcare provider gives you a prognosis and develops a treatment strategy, you’re left with the ongoing concern about whether or not the treatment is working. Indeed, your doctor has probably already told you that everyone responds differently to the various cancer therapy options, so it’s hard to know what will happen in your specific case. Increasingly, patients and healthcare providers are choosing breast thermography as a way to monitor the effectiveness of cancer treatments. Not only is breast thermography easy and painless for you as a patient, but it can also be conducted frequently without exposing you to any more harmful radiation than necessary.
Even more importantly, rigorous scientific studies indicate that breast thermography is an effective method for monitoring cancer treatments. For instance, in a September 2017 research study that was published in the scientific journal Oncotarget, a group of researchers from Wuhan University in China demonstrated that breast thermography can be used to monitor tumor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in women who have recently been diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy refers to chemo that is given as a pre-treatment to the main treatment (usually surgery) for women with locally advanced breast cancer. The goal is to shrink the size of the tumor before going in for the surgery, but if the neoadjuvant chemo not working, there’s no point in subjecting the patient to its harsh health effects. That makes monitoring treatment effectiveness especially important in these situations.
Based on the data, the researchers concluded the breast thermography is sensitive to changes in the tumor size during neoadjuvant tumor therapy, so it is a useful monitoring method, even in the earliest stages of treatment. Moreover, breast thermography has predictive value–that is, the early results can help doctors predict the likelihood that ongoing therapy will continue to benefit the patient prior to surgery–which contributes to its value as a tool for real-time treatment monitoring in breast cancer patients.
Monitoring Your Health After Remission: Breast Thermography for Breast Cancer Survivors
There’s no denying that breast cancer survivors are some of the strongest women alive today. After remission, you have the chance to live your fullest life, but worries about your risk of recurrence may still be at the back of your mind. One of the best ways to help ease your anxiety is to be responsible about frequent monitoring. With breast thermography, you can get tested frequently, but without further raising your risk of recurrence by exposing yourself to radiation when you get a mammogram. If you’re a young survivor, you can also use breast thermography to monitor your condition when you’re pregnant (or trying to get pregnant), since there’s no concern about potential safety risks for your baby.
Spreading the Word About Breast Cancer Detection with Breast Thermography
Whether you’re a current patient or a breast cancer survivor, there’s no better time than Women’s Health Week to spread the word about early detection. Having experienced breast cancer yourself, you know better than anyone how important it is for women to take steps to protect themselves–not to mention their mothers, sisters, and friends. When cancer is detected earlier, the patient has a much smaller battle to fight and a much higher chance of winning. Breast thermography is a painless, radiation-free screening tool that is ideal for patients of all ages, so you may want to consider taking the time to celebrate Women’s Health Week by letting others know how it can be used for breast cancer prevention!
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