Save a Life Share a Story

By: Amy Desselles

Save a Life, Share a Story

When my family gathers for the holidays, there is plenty of food and plenty of talk. The stories relatives tell are usually memories of the “good ole days” when they were younger and they are full of holiday cheer. But this holiday season, I’m going to ask you to do something a little different.

7 Common Questions When It Comes To Egg Freezing

By: Dr. Neil Chappel

7 Common Questions When It Comes To Egg Freezing

There are many myths and mistruths out there when it comes to cancer and fertility, so we thought we would take a minute to clear the air a bit. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions that we get in a fertility preservation consult.

What Is A Fertility “Consult”?

By: Dr. Neil Chappel

What Is A Fertility “Consult”?

A diagnosis of cancer brings with it a mountain of brand new information, as well as plenty of choices that need to be made. This can easily become overwhelming and difficult.

Diagnosed With Cancer But Want Children? Think Egg Freezing

By: Dr. Neil Chappel

Diagnosed With Cancer, But Want Children? Think Egg Freezing

Each year, 70,000 women who might want to have children one day are diagnosed with cancer. Most of these women will go on to live healthy and happy lives for years to come. However, cancer treatment (like surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation) can cost a women her chance to have children later on, if she doesn’t prepare beforehand.

Are You One of the 11%?

By: Bailey Ann Hendricks, RN, BSN, Co-Survivor

Are You One of the 11%?

If so, there is a chance that you have younger women in your family. Have you thought about how to approach the subject of breast cancer risk with them? Women are at a higher risk for breast cancer diagnosis at a young age if they have a close family member who was also diagnosed at an early age, or if they have changes to certain genes that can cause breast cancer.

3 Reasons Why You Need To Explore This Website

By: Laura Ricks

3 Reasons Why You Need To Explore This Website

Right after I started working with young women fighting breast cancer, I was talking to a woman I know, though not very well, in Los Angeles. I had contacted her to see if she would attending a non-work event I was organizing, and she said she couldn’t because she was being treated for breast cancer.

Attitude Helps

By: Helen McMillan

Attitude Helps!

It sucks to receive a diagnosis of cancer. And while this can be terrible news, it can also be a relief to know what is wrong within your own body. After the seemingly endless scans, biopsies, surgeries, chemo, and radiation, you may feel sick and tired of this barrage of tests. But what about the thing that comes next? Now that you’ve been through all that, and come out on the other side, it might be time to catch your breath and think about what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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