If you want to do something extra special for the women you love, help them to join the Buddy Check 4 program.
We ask women to do a breast self-exam once a month, and then call their "buddy" to remind her to do the same. Our hope is that breast cancer is discovered in its early stages, when it is most treatable. Until there is a cure, there is Buddy Check 4 - our program in partnership with KOB Channel 4 designed to honor the importance of all women throughout the year.
Together we can make a difference - one "buddy" at a time.
Click here for breast self-exam instructions.
Breast Health Tips and Education:
Nutrition Tips for Breast Cancer Patients
A healthy diet is important for everyone, but is particularly important for patients undergoing cancer treatment or people who have been treated for cancer in the past. The nutrition from a well-balanced diet will help to keep your body strong as you fight the disease. Here are a few tips for making sure you’re getting the most nutrition out of your meals:
- Plan your meals in advance. If you’re undergoing cancer treatment, you may not feel like cooking a healthy meal every day. On the days you’re feeling well, consider cooking large portions that you can freeze. Freezer meals can be quickly re-heated on the days you aren’t feeling up to cooking. Some meals that freeze well are lasagna, soups and casseroles.
- Keep healthy snacks handy. It’s important to snack throughout the day to make sure you are getting enough protein and calories. Keep quick snacks like baby carrots, string cheese and nuts close at hand for when you’re feeling hungry.
- Remember My Plate. A healthy plate should mostly consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources Fill 1/2 your plate with fruits and vegetables, ¼ with lean protein and ¼ with whole grains. Low-fat or fat-free dairy/lactose-free sources should also be included. See ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.
- Enjoy your food. Be sure that you still allow yourself to enjoy some of your favorite foods, but in moderation. Eat slowly so you can savor the experience.
- Talk to a dietitian. Lovelace Women’s Hospital has a registered dietitian who provides individual consultations and group education sessions for topics ranging from maintaining a healthy body weight to managing common side effects from cancer treatments. For more information, call 727.6930.
Keep your skin safe from the sun after radiation therapy
Now that summer is here – with high temperatures and blue skies – you will likely be tempted to spend more time in the sun. But if you have had radiation therapy for breast cancer, we have a few tips to keep your skin safer this summer. During and shortly after radiation, it's best to keep the treated area completely out of the sun, because the sun can cause damage to treated areas and your skin will be more sensitive. Even a full year or two after radiation therapy, your skin could be more tender than it was before your treatment.
Follow these tips to protect and soothe your sensitive skin.
- Try to choose a bathing suit that covers any recently treated skin, and wear a cover-up anytime you are not swimming.
- Speaking of swimming – chlorine can damage your skin, drying it out and making any reaction you have had to radiation therapy worse.
- Keep a few loose-fitting cotton shirts in your summer wardrobe that can cover the skin without being too clingy.
- Remember that sun block is a great friend to you this time of year. Apply and reapply every few hours if you spend a lot of time in the sun. Look for products rated SPF 30 or higher.
The Breast Care Center at Lovelace Women’s Hospital offers comprehensive care – from early detection to treatment and aftercare – in one convenient location. Our team of breast health professionals will help you assess your risk of developing breast cancer, guide you through mammograms and clinical exams, and teach you the proper method of breast self-examination. We also offer counseling, education and support programs. For more information or to schedule a clinical breast exam or mammogram, call 505.727.6900 or visit lovelace.com.