Blogs

Read here blogs written by the OWise team. The team, all scientists, discuss topics that may be of interest to you. So far the topics have been highlighted by our close collaborators including patients, carers, cancer clinicians, support workers and other health care professionals. If you have any suggestions for an interesting blog, please get in touch!

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April 16, 2021

Living with HER2+ Secondary Breast Cancer: Diane Lavin’s Experience

In our third blog with Make2ndsCount, we’ll be looking in depth at current and future treatments for HER2 secondary breast cancer patients.

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Moving forward after active cancer treatment
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April 15, 2021

Moving forward after active treatment

Coming to the end of your active treatment period for breast cancer? This blog explores how to manage the new changes during this time.

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Hair loss and Cancer Treatment
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April 8, 2021

Hair Loss & Cancer Treatment – Why does it happen and what can I do about it?

In partnership with HeadWrappers this blog looks at cancer treatment related hair loss and management techniques.

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April 1, 2021

HER2 Secondary Breast Cancer: All of the treatments explained (with Make2ndsCount)

In our third blog with Make2ndsCount, we’ll be looking in depth at current and future treatments for HER2 secondary breast cancer patients.

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March 25, 2021

What is Chemo-brain and what can I do about it?

Find out about possible causes and treatment options for the cancer side effect commonly referred to as chemo brain.

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March 19, 2021

Tumour gene tests: What are they and why should you know about them?

Genomic tests have changed how cancer is treated. In this blog we explain the objective and the different types of genomic tests available.

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March 18, 2021

Living with HR+ Secondary Breast Cancer: Jacqui Crewe’s Story

In this blog we want to share with you the experience from Jacqui Crewe, a secondary patient with HR+, HER- breast cancer.

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March 11, 2021

Lymphoedema and Cording: The science behind them

Lymphoedema & cording are both commonly overlooked breast cancer treatment side effects. Learn more about how they can affect the body in this blog!

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March 4, 2021

All about secondary HR+ breast cancer (with Make2ndsCount)

In the first blog of our series in partnership with Make2ndsCount, we explore hormone receptor positive secondary breast cancer. Find out all the treatment options and the latest advances for this type of cancer.

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Mastectomy Cast
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February 25, 2021

Carrying your Scars: Managing Life Post-Surgery

In the final part of our surgery miniseries, we look at the long-term effects of life post-surgery, including mental and physical wellbeing.

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OWise and Make 2nds Count Partnership Blog Series
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February 25, 2021

Secondary Breast Cancer: Blog Series with Make 2nds Count

We have partnered up with the charity Make 2nds Count to launch an innovative six-part blog series. Every second Thursday we will look at the different types of secondary breast cancer and treatments available. We will also be hearing from patients about their own experiences.

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February 18, 2021

Lumpectomy and radiotherapy: All you need to know

Find out everything about lumpectomy and radiotherapy, as well as some results from recent clinical trials, and useful tips for you to manage common side effects caused by these treatments.

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February 11, 2021

Mastectomy and breast reconstruction: Your options

Surgery is one of the first treatments a breast cancer patient receives. Find out more about the different types of mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

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February 4, 2021

Sex, Intimacy and Breast Cancer Treatment

While not always discussed in the Doctor’s office, breast cancer treatment can significantly impact on your sexual and intimate life.

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February 2, 2021

Embracing changes in appearance from cancer: Our conversation with Look Good Feel Better

Join us for our conversation with Look Good Feel Better, and find out their top tips for managing changes in appearance from cancer

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January 28, 2021

The concept of neoadjuvant therapy in breast cancer

Find out about therapy before surgery (neoadjuvant) in breast cancer. In this blog, we cover
the main aspects, its impact on surgery and long-term outcomes.

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Untangling drug terminology
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January 21, 2021

Untangling monoclonal antibodies – Trastuzumab, Pertuzumab, Atezolizumab

We know that drug names can be confusing. That’s why we’re untangling drug terminology. Starting with the monoclonal antibodies (AKA the mabs).

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Hormone therapy resistance
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January 14, 2021

Hormone therapy resistance: What you should know

Find out what hormone therapy resistance means, how it happens, and how it may affect you and your treatment plan.

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Natasha, OWise User
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January 7, 2021

Breast cancer, taboos and the BAME community: Q&A with Natasha

This week we had the pleasure to speak with Natasha (@blackbaldnbeautiful) about breast cancer in the BAME community.

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Orange paper fan
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December 22, 2020

Hot flushes: What causes them and how to manage them

Are you experiencing hot flushes? This blog explores what causes them and tips to help you manage them.

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December 17, 2020

Demystifying fear of cancer recurrence

Fear of cancer recurrence is one of the most common psychosocial effects of cancer. Find out what it is and how to manage it.

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December 10, 2020

The Power of the Written Word: Our Conversation with Sara from ‘Ticking Off Breast Cancer’

Sara Liyanage, the creator of the website and book, ‘Ticking Off Breast Cancer’, speaks to us about her work in raising people’s voices.

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Clinical trials - a doctor holding a new drig
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December 3, 2020

Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer: Our A to Z Guide

Want to better understand what clinical trials are and what they mean for you? Here is OWise’s extensive guide to all things clinical trials.

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Mary Huckle
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November 30, 2020

Mary Huckle speaks with us about Exercise and Cancer

Mary Huckle, a pilates instructor and personal trainer, lets us know how regular exercise can help people during their breast cancer treatment.

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