1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, which is a little over 12% of the population. In 2017, it was predicted that there would be 252,710 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the US. It is crucial to spread awareness, raise funds, and fight tirelessly to end this disease.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at Ramos Center, we are fully committed to this cause. We not only aim to spread awareness and encourage prevention, but we are also here to support patients who are currently struggling with the physical and emotional pain of breast cancer. Remember that you are not alone.
Breast/Armpit Pain Breast pain is often associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle and may not be directly related to breast cancer. It may come and go based on the stage of the cycle and is generally not concerning. However, if you experience constant or worsening pain, seek medical attention for a proper breast examination.
Pain from Treatment Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are both associated with uncomfortable side effects that may require pain management.
Radiation Side Effects:
- Swelling around the treated area
- Hair loss in the chest and armpit area
- Skin reactions
- Tiredness and fatigue
Chemotherapy Side Effects:
- Hair loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle and nerve pain
- Weight loss or gain
At Ramos Center, we have a team of doctors and nurses who specialize in pain management. We understand that pain and discomfort can make the recovery process more challenging, and we are here to help. We offer standard treatments such as nerve blocks and prescriptions, as well as alternative treatments such as clinical hypnotherapy and counseling.
Emotional Pain The emotional pain that comes with a breast cancer diagnosis can be debilitating. Losing hair or having to undergo a mastectomy can be extremely difficult for many women. Feeling discouraged and even depressed is normal, but it is important to remember that there are people who can help you through this difficult time.
At Ramos Center, we believe that a full recovery involves addressing both physical and emotional symptoms. Our physicians are trained to examine your symptoms from all angles and help you work through your pain. We are here to listen and provide comfort to you during this challenging time.
Contact Ramos Center today to see how we can help or stop by to talk to one of our providers.