Alert
Due to inclement weather the Advancements in Breast Cancer event scheduled for Tuesday, February 20 is cancelled. Compass Oncology Business Office, East, Rose Quarter and Tualatin locations will open late on Wednesday at 10 am. Be safe!

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.